By John F. McKenna (McJack)
Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s), who challenges WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) on February 18 in Munich, Germany, has called former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) a laughingstock.
Haye lost by a one sided unanimous decision to WBA/ IBF/WBO/IBO/Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) last July. “The Hayemaker” later blamed his poor performance on an injured little toe. The injured toe excused was met by derision in boxing circles around the globe, even in Haye’s native England.
Chisora was quoted in the Guardian saying:
“Haye had his chance to back up all the pre fight bull he came out with against Wladimir, but he put up that embarrassing performance and then topped it by blaming it on (an) injured little toe.
“I can’t see how the British public will forget about that and now he’s coming out with the same bull again by saying he will go to war and get his title back if he gets Vitali.
“I think it’s just embarrassing. Wladimir made a laughingstock out of him and Vitali would knock him out. Haye should just stay retired and stay out of the sport. He had his time and failed on his biggest night. Now I’m going to go out there and show him how to fight a Klitschko.
“One things for sure, I won’t be going into the ring like a scared little rabbit like Haye did. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got to win the world title. It’s a big job, but I’m going out to Germany with the aim of ending the Klitschko reign of heavyweight boxing starting with Vitali.”
Chisora lost a controversial fight in December to Robert Helenius in Finaland. Most boxing fans thought Dereck was the winner in that fight. Vitali Klitschko also thought Chisora was the clear winner and chose him as his next opponent on that basis.
Vitali had hoped that Haye would be his next opponent but chose to fight Chisora instead since a deal with David was not close to being made. “Dr. Ironfist” is hopeful that a deal to fight Haye can still be hammered out for the summer. Vitali has stated that he is willing to go anywhere to fight Haye.