Pantomime season starts early with Haye v Chisora

Pantomine season is almost upon us ladies and gentlemen, as London-based heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora look set to lock horns at Upton Park on Saturday 14th July.

This fight has arisen from the 'Mayhem in Munich', after Chisora was outpointed by Vitali Klitschko for the WBC crown on February 18th. If David Haye had put as much effort in against Wladimir Klitschko in July last year as he did in the Munich post-fight press conference, he would have ran the Ukrainian world champion a little closer.
Both fighters dragged the sport into the gutter on that infamous night in Munich, and the fact that they are going to profit out of the debacle is stomach-churning. The fight is about as worthy as recent over-hyped pay-per-view let down - Haye versus Harrison in November 2010.
There was a press conference yesterday, and there was a seven foot mesh fence keeping these two great 'arch rivals' apart. If they really wanted to have a go at each other, a flimsy piece of metal wasn't going to stop them, and they could have just walked round it, if they really wanted to.
I think it was Wladimir Klitschko who called Haye a "world champion talker" and one has to agree with him. Despite his undoubted achievements at cruiserweight, his career and trash-talking at heavyweight has been a joke, and he has fooled a lot of people into forking out their hard earned money, which has had a knock on effect for pay-per-view boxing in this country (the effect being that even those famous philanthropists Sky stopped doing them, such was their embarrassment).
He had one fight at heavyweight after moving up (against Monte Barrett in London in November 2008) and then the trash-talking and stunts began. His best efforts to entice either Klitschko thankfully failed, and he managed to secure a shot at WBA champion Nikolay Valuev in Nuremberg in November 2009.
After weeks of the usual bravado about how he was going to do 'this and that' to the giant, he scraped past him by the skin of his teeth, and he was rightly or wrongly awarded a close points decision victory. After this victory, he beat a washed-up John Ruiz in Manchester in April 2010 in another pay-per-view 'extravaganza'.
The calibre of his opponent got even worse in his next fight when he beat Audley Harrison in 'The Great Battle of London' in Manchester in November in 2010, in what can only be described as the worst heavyweight title fight of all time. How Harrison got into the WBA's top 150, never mind their top 15, is beyond me. How David Haye got so many folk to part with the £15 or whatever it was, is even more of a mystery.
After the Harrison fight, Haye finally got into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July last year. Haye again 'talked the talk' in the build-up, yet he barely 'crawled the crawl' in the fight, and the sore loser even pinned all the blame on a poorly toe. My heart bleeds.
Haye then goes into 'retirement' even though everybody with half a brain cell knew that he was just biding his time before another pay day came up. With another shot against either of the Klitschkos looking less and less likely (because the boxing public have finally woken up), David Haye decides to turn up at the Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora fight in Munich in February this year, and before you knew it, the 'retired' David Haye is back in the public eye, trying to build a fight that nobody in their right mind should give two hoots about.
31 year-old Haye even said, at that infamous press conference to Chisora, "What is the point in me fighting you? You've lost three of your last four." Isn't it funny now Haye has decided that Chisora is a worthy opponent? Is it anything to do with the amount of pound notes being wafted in front of your face?
Haye has had four fights at heavyweight, and they have all been damp squibs, and that is being generous. The Hayemaker owes everybody a big performance, but one can only see it being another bore-fest. I was at an amateur dinner show in Leeds in November last year, and the guest speaker was none other than David Deron Haye. Despite normally not being short of an anecdote or two, David was particularly quiet and didn't answer any of the audience's questions with any sort of enthusiasm. Not only that, he left the show before the end of the night, and he left before handing out the trophies to the sucessful amateurs who won trophies in the second half of the bill, even though he had agreed to do so.
Fortunately, Tyson Fury was on hand to do the honours, and he handed out the prizes without any fuss, and he did it free of charge. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere.
Finchley-based Dereck put up a sterling effort against Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February but his antics before and after the fight were typical of Chisora. He has found himself on the wrong side of the law both inside and outside the ring, professionally and personally. What sort of an example is he setting to youngsters? Why should he and David profiteer from acting like lunatics?
It is even more cringe-worthy, yet not suprising, that his fight is going to be sponsored by The Sun. I can't wait to read about this fight every day up until fight night. The fact that both fighters don't currently have a valid BBBoC licence just about sums this fight up - the whole affair is putting Punch and Judy to shame.
Don't be suprised if the winner of this fiasco gets a world title shot either. Anything appears possible in boxing these days.


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