Haye vs. Chisora: “The show must go on”

Image: Haye vs. Chisora: "The show must go on"By John F. McKenna (McJack): Despite all the professed outrage over the upcoming heavyweight bout between former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) and Derick Chisora (15-3, 9 KO’s) British promoter Frank Warren has elected to defy the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) and go to an obscure boxing board in Luxemburg to have the fight sanctioned. As the saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way.

In any case despite the supposed outrage of the BBBC and the wrath he will incur from the British boxing body Warren has promised to press ahead to put on the heavyweight fight between the two Brits. As it stands now the Haye – Chisora fight will take place despite the protestations of the BBBC on July 14 at the Upton Park stadium in east London.

“Del-Boy” as Chisora is known by his boxing fans lost a one sided unanimous decision to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) on February 18 in Germany. Chisora though soundly defeated put forth a surprisingly competitive performance against Vitali. The kicker is however that Chisora was competing against a one armed fighter for the majority of the fight. “Dr. Ironfist” injured his left shoulder in the early going which prevented him from using his left hand, which Emanuel Stewart describes as his signature punch.

In any case a well publicized brawl erupted at the post fight press conference between Chisora and Haye, who was in attendance for the purpose of attempting to line up a fight with Vitali. Haye wound up landing, pardon the pun, a “Hayemaker” on Chsora’s jaw as he led his entourage menacingly towards David. Chisora hit the floor after which he announced to the gathered media that he was “going to shoot Haye!”

The aftermath of the brawl was that Chisora, who went out into the crowd to confront Haye, was stripped of his boxing license. Haye, who retired last October upon reaching his 31st birthday, did not have a boxing license.

The brawl and its aftermath made for good theater. After flooring Chisora, Haye walked up to a smiling Vitali Klitchko and shook his hand as if to say that one was for you. Chisora had slapped Vitali at the weigh in prior to the fight and spit in his brother Wladimir’s face in the ring before taking on the elder Klitschko.

At the press conference designed to hype the Haye – Chisora fight, the two fighters were separated by a 7 foot steel fence. Chisora had all the appearance of a caged animal as he stood glaring at Haye. The prop of the steel fence served the purpose of making it appear as though Chisora was dangerous and had to be kept in a cage.

Haye for his part described Chisora as a lunatic and said he had a screw loose. David went on to say that he felt as though “Del-Boy” were stalking him.

It is hard to say what is real and what was staged in the Haye – Chisora press conference. But when David Haye, who is known for bizarre behavior in his own right, describes Chisora in the terms he did it makes one want to take notice.

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