When Dereck Chisora and David Haye came to blows following Chisora’s loss to Vitali Klitschko in Munich last night, everyone I spoke to was in agreement on two points. Namely that the press conference was far more entertaining than the boxing itself, and that Haye and Chisora are a massive pair of knobs, the likes of which are normally only seen together when Lex Luther and Mandigo get together on the set of their latest porn movie.
Let’s face it, the fight was poor. In Chisora’s defence he showed much more than Haye did last year against Wladimir, but it should also be noted that if he had the reserves of athleticism required to throw punches in bunches he could, and should, have won the fight. Vitali was way below his best, but when a 40-year-old giant possesses better lateral movement and more energy you should probably consider an alternative career.
I read one Tweet, from a respected boxing scribe, that said ‘Chisora was really making his mark on world level here’. Yes, the same Chisora who turned up so out of shape against Tyson Fury that it would’ve surprised no-one to see him taking on burgers and milkshakes between rounds instead of water. If Chisora is world-class, then we may as well lock the doors on Heavyweight boxing.
Before the post-fight shenanigans erupted, the best performance of the night came from Paul Smith Jnr in the commentary box. Offering technical information and a gameplan for what Del Boy should be doing, namely jabbing more to the body instead of just standing in front of Vitali, he was a class act on a night that needed it.
Price’s promoters should be moving heaven and earth to get him fights and into the faces of the Klitschkos before they both retire
Before the fight started we had to suffer the preening of David Haye. With Jim Rosenthal looking like he was on the verge of a multiple orgasm just to be stood next to Haye, the man who fell on his toenail was dressed like an off-duty bouncer from Faces in Essex, all dress shoes, rubbish jeans and a Topman T-shirt. He spent the build-up talking about himself for a change and offered little insight into what Chisora could do to win.
Normally, following a big fight, I’ll get my report done straight afterwards to try and beat the broadsheets. Last night I was half-asleep by the end and woke up this morning to videos and images of the post-fight press conference. I’ve watched them, scanned them and honestly don’t know if Haye glassed Del Boy. And be truthful I don’t care.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see them fight, but through Haye standing there and furthering his claims to fight Vitali while swinging a tripod, and Chisora saying he’ll burn and shoot him, I lost any last bit of respect I have them as people and fighters.
While they don’t excite me, I have to again point to the class of the Brothers Grimm. They may not have shone in stronger eras but they are intelligent, erudite and show class with their respect for boxing as a sport. If Chisora and Haye spent the time the Klitschko’s do training then they might, just might, have a chance at beating them. But do they really care about the sport? Do they knackers. They care about themselves, about trying to be the biggest man in a playground.
What really needles me is that a fighter like David Price, who would definitely do a job on Chisora and probably be too big and strong for Haye, is nowhere near the limelight at the moment because he isn’t interested in showing himself up to be an idiot. Alongside the limited but loveable Martin Rogan, he is the only domestic Heavyweight I have any admiration for. Tyson Fury is an out-of-shape gasbag who I hope gets his a*** handed to him on a plate when he fights Rogan on April 14.
Heavyweight boxing has been dying for a long time, and Price’s promoters should be moving heaven and earth to get him fights and into the faces of the Klitschkos before they both retire. I’d love nothing more than to see the big man wipe the floor with Chisora and Haye before embarking on a journey to the pinnacle of the sport. I’m not saying he’ll beat the Klitschkos, but I certainly think he’d restore some pride in Heavyweight boxing. And that’ll do for me.
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