It is now official David Haye, (25-2, 23 KOs), will face Dereck Chisora, (15-3, 9 KOs), at the West Ham soccer ground in east London on July 14. And in a heavyweight double bill Alexander Povetkin, (24-0, 16 KOs), will defend his WBA title against American challenger Hasim Rahman, (50-7-2, 41 KOs).
The show will be promoted by Frank Warren and German promoter Sauerland Event.
The official announcement of these two fights was made today at the home ground of the English Football Club West Ham United, the very same place where the bouts will actually take place.
Speaking about the bitter rivalry between the two Chisora said: “I just don’t like him. That is exactly why he is the perfect opponent for me. He will get a slow, concussive beating.”
“I am expecting it to be one of the most discussed and exciting fights of all time,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “Combined with the bout for the WBA Heavyweight Title between Alexander Povetkin and Hasim Rahman it is going to be an amazing show – and all this inside a great venue. A packed football stadium during night time and two great heavyweight highlights – this guarantees a great atmosphere and a lot of drama.”
The other fight of the night fight features current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin, who won the title last August against former title holder Ruslan Chagaev in Erfurt, will face off with former WBC and IBF Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman, in his third title defense.
Back in April 2001, Rahman took the belts of boxing legend Lennox Lewis after knocking him out in round five rounds but lost it after the rematch. Since losing a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko in December 2008, the American has won all his following five fights by way of knockout and hence once again received the status as mandatory challenger for the WBA crown.
“Rahman has fought well for the right to challenge me,” said Povetkin, who did not attend the press conference. “But he won’t win anything against me. I will keep the world championship. That’s why I am very much looking forward to travelling to London.”
May 8, 2012