Haye settles Chisora grudge with fifth round knockout
David Haye enjoyed a conclusive victory in his grudge bout with Dereck Chisora, knocking out his rival in the fifth round of the fight at Upton Park in East London. Among the spectators were tennis star Andy Murray, rugby player Danny Cipriani and Katie Price.
There was plenty of public interest in the meeting of two boxers who had clashed in a Munich press conference five months previously and were now able to air their grievances in the boxing ring. Haye dominated the fight so completely that it was clear he was still in excellent shape, fuelling rumours of another world title challenge.
Haye himself was keen to throw down the gauntlet to world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. "I've sent out a scary message to Vitali Klitschko and, to be honest, he may not want to fight me after seeing this performance," Haye said. "I'm not going to make a rash decision but, yes, I would like to regain the heavyweight title and I would be very confident of beating Vitali." That may be unwise, given that Haye lost to Klitschko’s brtother Wladimir in his previous fight.
Haye and Chisora resolved their differences with the London fight. "Any damage that was done by our altercation in Munich is well and truly fixed now," Haye claimed, perhaps a tad optimistically.
Chisora was also in the mood to forgive and forget their grievances. "I'm not proud of my performance but I ain't going to moan," Chisora said. "Vitali don't fight no more – I think David would win against him."