Lennox Lewis: Chisora and Haye have let down their country
By William Mackay: Former heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis was very disappointed in what he saw of David Haye and Dereck Chisora battling it out in their classless showdown in the Vitali Klitschko – Chisora post fight press conference last Saturday night in Munich, Germany. Lewis feels Haye and Chisora hurt the sport of boxing with their fight.
Speaking with the dailymail.co.uk, Lewis said “They [Chisora and Haye] hurt the sport…Dereck Chisora showed so much disrespect to the heavyweight championship of the world…If Dereck had slapped me like he slapped Vitali then there would not have been a fight. His shot, his chance, would be gone. It’s a shame because he actually did well in the fight, better than I thought he would. But his behavior before the fight and then with David Haye was terrible. They let their country down.”
Wow! So Lewis would have just pulled out of the fight if Chisora had slapped him? Lewis wouldn’t have been able to hit Chisora back because if you saw the tape, Chisora immediately retreated after he slapped Vitali and was shielded by his team. But I agree with Lewis, Chisora made it a point to show zero respect to both of the Klitschkos. I think it was obviously a move not out of meanness but to show them that he’s just as good as them and he wasn’t going to lower himself or defer either of them. He kind of had to do it because sometimes fighters get stuck in the wrong mindset when they start showing respect. Ultimately, it didn’t seem to help any because Chisora still lost by a wide margin and perhaps would have lost even worse had Vitali been able to use his left hand the entire fight instead of just the first three rounds. Things weren’t going well at all for Chisora in the first three rounds and it looked like a huge mismatch at that point in the fight.
Chisora faces the loss of his boxing license by the British Boxing Board of Control, while Haye is has been shutout by the Klitschkos, so it amounts to the same because that’s the only worthwhile fight out there for him and he’s not going to come back to face anyone else.