David Haye can smile about it now, but he’s been on the wrong end of the sort of rage that Derek Chisora exhibited this week. Now, he.
And that sums up the madcap world of this man called’Del Boy’, and who would change him?
Chisora is a treasure of boxing, and in the autumn of his career he stays a must-watch within the ring – and, since we again saw this week, outside of it. Especially if he is not the primary event.
“That is not going to work for me. We need to change that,” he growled once informed that his fight against Joseph Parker will come before Josh Taylor along with Regis Prograis unite super-lightweight world titles on October 26, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“We’re No 1 No 2,” Prograis hit back.
“Don’t get me started, bruv,” Chisora moaned. And that was that. He abandoned.
Haye, once Chisora’s sworn enemy and his manager, responded:”To Derek, which was his very best behaviour. No tables were thrown, no one got punched or slapped.”
It’s just the latest mood swing for the veteran of the game. Many boxers would really like to have fights amusing as Chisora’s press conferences.
And Haye knows firsthand how an afternoon can get when Chisora has woken up on the incorrect side of the mattress. Their rivalry began seven decades ago in the hour later Chisora had lost his career’s world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko, in Munich. Haye had to mention and Chisora confronted .
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Haye and chisora lost their boxing licences but the Luxembourg board agreed to sanction a struggle at Upton Park, preluded with a media conference where they had been separated by a metal fence. Haye acquired by knockout.
When Chisora increased his voice this week and stated”I’m going to go ballistic”, the area filled with tension and everybody hoped that the heavyweight would not come his way.
“They call him’War’ Chisora for a reason,” Haye stated after quieting his former foe down.
“He has attracted a number of the spite that he revealed in sparring into the media conference. I found him thought and bubbling :’I hope he just stays where he’s sitting’.
“He’s ruffled feathers but that is Chisora. He speaks in the heart.
“Not ideal but Derek is Derek.”
With being hauled into the ire of Chisora Taylor and prograis were not happy, and so.
“It was disrespectful,” Taylor explained.
Prograis went farther:”I believed that I might need to fight him.”
Dillian Whyte believed the same few years back as soon as the press conference was hoisted into the air by Chisora and thrown his way.
“This is the way it is, man,” Chisora said back then. “I do what I need, when I desire.”
Remarkably, according to Haye, we’re seeing a Chisora today.
“He realises that time is sinking,” Haye said. “He’s 35, maybe not 28 anymore, which is an era where you are able to have a loss and it doesn’t really matter. He is huge although he’s had lots of chances.
“Last chance saloon is an older clich?? but this is it.”
Preparations aren’t going easily, if that’s the case. Dave Coldwell, the trainer who led Chisora into his last 3 fights, is no more working together with him and hasn’t been substituted.
The promoter of Chisora’s rival Parker, David Higgins, said:”it is a indication of trouble in the camp and close to the battle. To lose his trainer this far out, and a trainer that seemed to be a fantastic group, you have got to ask why?”
Nothing has ever been calm or easy at Derek Chisora’s livelihood – plus we would not have it any other way.
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