Derek Chisora and David Haye now on the same team!
Heavyweight contender Derek Chisora has turned to a familiar foe to help guide him to a world title. He announced his signing with former bitter rival David Haye.
These two guys have a heated history with each other. In 2012 after Chisora lost to then WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, a heated exchange broke out at the press conference. The verbal jabs led to a physical altercation. In addition, fans witnessed Haye shatter a glass cup over the head of Chisora.
The ordeal led to an eventual bout which Haye won by fifth round stoppage. Fast forward six years later and the two have seemingly laid the past to rest.
Here’s what both men had to say about their new working relationship:
“He is one of very few managers who has themselves won world titles. He knows what it is like to step in the ring putting everything, including your life on the line. I am at a point in my career I know I cannot afford to make mistakes. ‘Del Boy’ is no more! I am not playing.
“I am not cutting corners or looking for the short cuts. I have realized I need to live the life of a professional if I am to achieve what I know I am capable of… there will be no more late nights partying, drinking, getting distracted by stuff that will simply move me away from my dream.
“David has already built on my existing team of Don Charles and John Ramos bringing in the best in the field of S&C, nutrition and rehabilitation to support them. To all heavyweights out there who think Derek Chisora has had his time, missed his moment, you’re wrong, this is just the beginning, this is WAR.”
“Derek is an immense talent, a true warrior. His most recent win again Carlos Takam sent shock waves around the boxing community; myself included and a stark message to his fellow heavyweights.
“When Derek is focused, when he gets the work done and has the infrastructure around him he requires to perform he is not a boxer you can under estimate. Derek is dangerous and after a professional career spanning over a decade he is looking to scale the heights of the division, capturing world titles and I am looking forward to helping him achieve this”
By: Jerrell Fletcher