LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: David Haye knocks out Dereck Chisora during their vacant WBO and WBA International Heavyweight Championship bout on July 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
The circumstances that brought the fight into being may have been less-than-savory, but you can't argue that the results weren't entertaining.
After a massive brawl following his loss to Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora and David Haye stepped inside the ring today to settle things in sportsmanlike fashion. Some rather unpleasant loophole exploitation allowed the fight to happen, leaving a bad taste in fan's mouths.
But the finish was oh-so-sweet.
Haye dictated the majority of the bout, picking Chisora apart from range and clinching whenever the bigger man got close, preventing him from unleashing his trademark body assault. Chisora, to his credit, stayed aggressive the whole way and even had his moments in the third and fourth rounds.
In the fifth, however, that aggression came back to bite him, as he left his hands too low in his eagerness to pursue Haye. Backpedaling alongside the ropes as Chisora gave chase, Haye suddenly planted his feet and unleashed a monster of a left hand, buckling Chisora before a right hand put him on his back. Chisora made it to his feet and even tried to fire back, but Haye would not be denied and put him down a second, harder time with a vicious flurry. Again, Chisora rose, but the ref made what looked like the correct decision in stopping the fight.
Haye presumably has Vitali Klitschko in his sights. Provided he doesn't break his toe and lay an egg again, that ought to be one hell of a scrap.
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