David Haye sent a message to Vitali Klitschko in London tonight that roared ‘anything you can do I can do better’.
In a fight steeped in controversy, The Haymaker wiped out Finchley’s boisterous Dereck Chisora with a collection of hefty hooks in the fifth round.
It was a clash that started at a Munich press conference, included death threats, was debated the world over and ended in less in less than 15 minutes when Haye found a home for his bombs.
The older of the Klitschko brothers was forced to go the full 12 round distance when he locked horns with Chisora before that infamous press room tussle in February so Haye’s thrilling victory has really made a statement.
The 31-year-old from Bermondsey put in a disappointing display against Wladimir Klitschko last year and was ridiculed for using an injured little toe as an excuse for his performance.
Now he’s gone some way to proving that he can be an exciting fighter, albeit against an opponent who is far from a member of boxing’s elite class.
Haye, who has a history of gassing out when he pushes himself early in a contest, made a fast start and threw more shots in the opening session than he did in 12 against Wladimir.
The former WBA champion, now 26 – 2 (24 KOs), had to absorb a couple of chopping right hands when he ducked low during the second but soon regained the initiative when he connected with a hook to Chisora’s jaw.
However, the crowd were brought to their feet at the end of the following round when Haye looked to momentarily be in trouble from a weighty two punch combination. The blows came right on the bell, though, and he was able to recover during the minute break.
Due to the fast pace of the action, it was easy to think that Chisora may have been able to take the fight by the horns if it went beyond five. And, indeed, Haye did look to be starting to breathe a little heavier.
But he found the blows to end things in round five. A Left hook followed by a lightning fast right dropped Chisora heavily and although he beat the count, Haye’s follow up had him on the canvas once more.
It was the first time that Chisora has been stopped in 18 professional bouts.
“I can tell you that Dereck Chisora has one of the best chins I’ve ever hit,” Haye said afterwards. “I was hitting him with shots that would normally put people away and he was smiling at me, he was eating them.
“He gave me a lot harder work than I anticipated. I thought that fight would only go a couple of rounds because my training had gone so well but I had to dig deep and do what great fighters have to do in order to win.
“I think I’ve sent out a very scary message [to Vitali]. I’d be very surprised if he’d want to fight me now after seeing the performance I put on tonight. I can guarantee that he’s going to try and fights some chump nobody’s heard of and then try and retire and become a politician.
“If he wants to give the world a great fight then I’m hear and ready to win that world title.”
A lot of questions will be asked after this contest. For many it will be around whether Haye can arrange a showdown with Vitali despite the giant Ukrainian saying that he intends to retire and go into politics after he’s defended his WBC crown to Manuel Charr in September.
For others it will be around the precedent the Upton Park bill has set for the future of British boxing.
For those who have had their head under a rock in the recent weeks, the card was sanctioned under the Luxembourg Boxing Federation rather than the British Boxing Board of Control and there is the fear that at it will lead to a period of anarchy and confusion.
July 14, 2012