By Wayne Bartlett: David Haye seemed aloof and even bored today; at the final press conference ahead of this Saturday’s clash with arch rival Dereck Chisora.
The infamous steel fence was in use once again at an engagement involving the pair, although to be honest it looked as though either man could have landed a hook directly around the obstruction when posing for the stare-down.
However, any trouble seemed unlikely at the Gilgamesh Restaurant and Bar in Camden Town, as Haye, 31, refused to even look at Chisora when the pair got into goading.
“Look at me David.” Chisora taunted.
“I don’t need to look at you; I’ll look at you at the first bell. All you need to see is these (wiggling his fists),” Haye retorted. “These are all you’ll be seeing on Saturday night.”
Although press conferences and weigh-ins can give you possible insights into how a fight may unfold, they are never really an accurate indictor of what will unfold in the ring.
If they were, you’d have to say it was 28-year-old underdog Chisora who looked the more calm and collected this afternoon, despite Haye claiming his opponent’s nerves were showing.
“He looked jittery and was stuttering a lot,” observed the 25-2(23), former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion. “He seemed a bit irritable and fidgety and the realisation may be coming to him now.”
After disclosing he has sustained no injuries in preparation for the fight (although we’ve heard that somewhere before), the ‘Hayemaker’ spoke of his distancing himself from his unpredictable foe and how he sees the fight going.
“He’ll probably try something, but I just want to keep away from him until the first bell. I’ve seen him do some real weird stuff and I don’t want to be put in the position where I have to react.
“I’m hoping he comes with something new because if he comes with the same old same old he’s getting blasted out in one or two rounds.”
But, as with any fighter or any person for that matter, who promises the earth and fails to deliver, any claims were met with disdain by the 15-3(9) Chisora.
“I don’t think the public will buy your nonsense no more. You’re all hype,” said Hampstead’s former British and Commonwealth champion.
“Everything’s going to be immaculate. I’m going to box this guy like a Rolls Royce. He (Haye) doesn’t know what’s coming to him.”
With further goading after the microphones were turned and both men at the fence, a wager was made between the pair with the possible victim of a KO having to pay £20k to the other’s favourite charity.
Like or loathe the fight, come Saturday night, I’m sure there’ll be more than a few people wanting to find out if there have been any large charitable donations.