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Haye v Chisora – Facsinating Farce but we’ll be watching

David Haye Derek ChisoraBy Nick Toft: We all have an opinion on the upcoming bout between former world heavy weight champion David Haye and fellow London fighter Derek Chisora, but what cannot be denied is the interest that this fight will continue to generate over the coming weeks.

In a fight that is clearly a mismatch and would never have occurred if it weren’t for the unsightly dust up in Germany, July 14th actually provides David Haye with a massive opportunity to resurrect his career if he can take out Derek in devastating fashion.

I was very surprised at how Vitali struggled to deal with Chisora in their recent bout as in my view, he is a very limited fighter with no power for a heavyweight, a below par level of fitness and average technique at best and yet Vital couldn’t put him away despite the huge size, reach and weight advantage.

So how will this match up pan out? Well I don’t mean to be unkind but Haye is simply in a different league to Chisora in all aspects and I can only see an outcome very similar to the one we were unlucky enough to see when Haye faced off against Fraudly Harrison in 2010.

Haye will use his superior athleticism to his advantage and take the fight to Chisora from the opening bell and as soon as Haye catches him with any kind of power shots I fear that Chisora’s aforementioned poor fitness will cause him to buckle under the sheer weight of David’s shots.

Now despite David Haye’s fairly successful career and undoubted talent it is clear there is still a massive amount of work to be done if he is going to be remembered as more than simply a great Cruiserweight who had a little dabble in the Heavyweight division. David has found just once a year since 2008 and even by heavyweight standards that simply isn’t active enough and if he wants to leave any kind of legacy behind he really should step back into his career with 100% commitment, drop this sense of entitlement he seems to have and take out a few of the other top 10 contenders. After Haye blasts away Chisora, why couldn’t we see Arreola in December before either Povetkin or Adamek early in 2013 and then a shot at Vitali toward the end of that year?

As a road map, win or lose against Vitali (and he wins that fight in my view), this leaves David Haye with a genuine legacy and potentially a career to be held in the same esteem as some of the greatest British fighters of all time. If he were to retire today, I’m afraid that
simply wouldn’t be the case.

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