LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: David Haye (L) and Dereck Chisora during a head to head press conference on July 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
That's not a grudge match, mate. This is a grudge match.
Following Dereck Chisora's February loss to Vitali Klitschko, which saw him slap Vitali at the weigh-in and spit on his brother during the staredown, "Del Boy," apparently not one to half-ass driving his career into the ground, began trash talking former contender David Haye, who had appeared on the scene to trash talk Klitschko. The nonsense reached a boiling point when Chisora advanced on Haye, who clocked him with a right hook while holding a bottle.
The resultant brawl injured several and involved Haye swinging a camera tripod as an impromptu polearm. Chisora, who has been convicted of domestic abuse in the past, threatened to hunt down and murder Haye. Chisora was indefinitely suspended by the WBC for his part in the affair. Seeing profit, the two were booked to fight immediately and legitimately.
To further the shame, underhanded tactics were used to book the fight in the first place. Scott Christ from Bad Left Hook explains:
Haye (25-2, 23 KO) and Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) are here in part because they can't do much else. Neither man is currently licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control, instead getting farcical licenses from the totally irrelevant Luxembourg Boxing Federation, staging the fight on British soil because they can...Chisora was promptly stripped of his license by the BBBofC, and Haye's had lapsed last year. The British board didn't ban Chisora, though, and with dollar signs swimming in the air, Frank Warren made his move, signing the fighters for a July 14 bout. The British officials bitched and complained and made threats, but in the end have done pretty much nothing, because there's not much they can do. The European Boxing Union threatened to take measures against the Luxembourg Federation, and maybe they still will, but does it really matter? This is the only time in recent history that the organization has really done much of anything notable, and it could well be the last time they matter, too.
MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of the main event, which kicks off at 4:30 EST, but let it be on the record that as a boxing fan, I do not believe this fight should be happening.
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Heavyweight: David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora
Round one: Just a note: this is for some BS "international" title, so it should be 12 rounds, but Haye requested 10.
Alright, let's get the trainwreck on the road. Haye aggressive early with the jab and straight right, lands a body shot. Both men land nice lefts against the ropes. Haye wants the straight right. Clinch off a missed overhand right from Chisora. One-two from Haye. Jab to the body from Chisora, who is having all sorts of trouble getting inside to do his business. Stiff jab from Chisora, but he's eating more of those than he's landing. Clinch. Haye maintaining distance with the jab, initiates a clinch when Chisora gets aggressive. Left to the body from Haye. Clinch. Big whiffs on overhands from Chisora. Bell; 10-9 Haye.
Round two: Jabs from Haye before he avoids Chisora's one-one-two. Body shot from Haye. Clinch. Hard one-two from Haye. Nice right after a missed uppercut. Clinch. Another good right from Haye in close. Prodding lefts from Haye, who is doing a good job of clinching whenever Chisora gets close. Decent flurry from Chisora after a tie-up. Right uppercut from Chisora in close, glancing. Clinch. Another, with both men landing well after it. Another clear Haye round, 20-18 same.
Round three: Good left-right from Chisora to start before he gets tied up. Haye with the jab. Clinch. Nice one-two from Haye connects. Clinch. One-two-three lands for Haye. Prodding right hands from Haye. Clinch against the ropes, sneaky uppercut from Haye. Clinch. Clinch. Chisora whiffs on another big right and gets tied up. Chisora finally gets in close and lands well, prompting a heavy exchange where both men land well. Chisora lands a big left after the bell. Chisora's best shot was after the round ended and Haye was winning beforehand, so still his round. 30-27 Haye.
Round four: Referee lowers Haye's shorts from their rib-protecting level. Sneaky, sneaky.
Nice right against the ropes from Chisora, then a clinch from Haye. Big right from Chisora and the two swing madly. Haye gets Chisora to the ropes and is looking to be methodical about it, but lets Chisora out before he can do damage. Chisora explodes afterwards and lads well. Big right and left from Haye connect. Stiff jabs from Chisora, right from Haye. Clinch against the ropes. Haye pokes with the jab before getting tied up. Quick left and right don't land from Haye at the bell. Better round for Derrick; 39-37 Haye.
Round five: Haye keeping distance with his left hand. Stiff jab by Chisora. Nice right from Haye, but Chisora charges after him and forces a desperate clinch. BIG one-two from Haye, but Chisora just eats it. Another. Clinch. Chisora just unable to get the body work in that he needs. There's a good left to the guts from Chisora. Clinch. Nice left hand upstairs from Chisora, but Haye avoids the flurry. Clinch and there may have been a headbutt from Haye in there, but no damage. HUGE LEFT HAND FROM HAYE AND A RIGHT PUT CHISORA ON THE CANVAS! Beautiful counter. Haye all over him when he gets up and he's down again! Chisora's up but he doesn't look good! It's over, referee calls it. David Haye with an absolutely fantastic knockout of an iron-chinned bruiser. Still think this fight shouldn't have happened, but DAMN.
Final result: Haye def. Chisora by TKO