Haye silences Chisora, critics

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 18, 2012

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David Haye is all smiles

David Haye is all smiles

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Former WBA heavyweight and unified WBC/WBA and WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) ended his retirement of about one-year with an emphatic fifth-round TKO of fellow Brit, Derrick Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs) last Saturday in front of more than 35,000 at Upton Park in London, England.

“After sharing a ring with Dereck I have a new found respect for the man,” Haye said. “I had respect for his boxing ability but I never believed he could be as good as he was tonight. He raised his game. The crowds have gone home happy with a smile on their face. That’s the bottom line.”

David Haye rushes Dereck Chisora

David Haye rushes Dereck Chisora

Both Haye and Chisora engaged in a violent brawl at the post-fight press conference following Chisora’s 12-round defeat to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March. The brawl, which left several observers injured including Haye’s manager/trainer Adam Booth with blood streaming down his face, was seen by more than 20 million people on YouTube.

The build-up intensified for months, as both men faced criminal charges, fines, and suspensions from the British Boxing Board of Control. Haye and Chisroa actually applied and were approved for fight licenses through Luxembourg.

Both fighters were separated by a cage-like barrier during the press conferences and weigh-in. The press conferences and weigh-in. The beef between Haye and Chisora was real. The hatred too was legitimate. The fight promised fireworks and Haye delivered on his promise to knockout Derrick Chisora.

“Whatever beef I had with Dereck before the fight is over now from my side and I hope it’s vice versa,” Haye stated. “Any damage that was done by our altercation in Munich is well and truly fixed now. People said that was a black eye for boxing, well the bags have gone from boxing’s eyes now.”

David Haye, who was embarrassed by unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last summer, gave the performance of a career by pummeling Chisora from the opening bell. Haye was simply too quick, too fast, and too overpowering despite weighing 37 pounds less than Chisora.

Having never been stopped or knocked down, Chisora was thought to have an excellent chin and could take the hardest of punches. Perhaps Haye might have placed a dent in Chisora’s chin with his bare knuckle during the brawl in March because, an explosive left-right combination sent Chisora crashing hard to the floor on the fifth. Chisora returned to his feet only to eat another explosive barrage of punches that sent him onto the mat again.

The fight was stopped at 2:59.

David Haye, after just one explosive showing is back into the heavyweight title picture. Depending on what happens in the fall, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko may retire to pursue a career in politics.

Klitschko has signed to fight Manuel Charr in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, September 8. Vitali will run for political office in his native Kiev, Ukraine in the fall. If elected, Vitali, more than likely, will end his boxing career. Should Klitschko resume his career, a Vitali Klitschko vs. Haye fight is attractive. You have an aging, but dominant 40-year-old champion against a young, brash, and explosive champion.

Vitali Klitschko vs. David Haye is very intriguing, as long as both fighters are interesting in resuming their careers.

Robert Guerrero seeks fourth world title

Guerrero has a tough assignment in Aydin

Guerrero has a tough assignment in Aydin

Former three-time IBF champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) will challenge Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) for the interim WBC welterweight championship on Saturday, July 28, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. SHOWTIME will televise beginning at 10 PM/ET.

Guerrero has been training hard in Lake Tahoe. There are no TVs. No strange people walking around. Guerrero is focused on being 100% fit both mentally and physically come July 28.

“It’s been a grueling training camp since I arrived four weeks ago,” said Guerrero. “There’s no cable TV, no busy streets, nothing, just a whole lot of forest and mountains. I get up at 5:00 a.m. every morning to start my road work. I follow that by a hard workout in the middle of the day, and then end with push-ups and sit-ups at night. I’m getting the proper sparring and amount of rounds to get me ready for Aydin, who I know is coming to rip my head off. I’m expecting a rough, rugged fight and the fans will not want to miss it, I can guarantee that!”

Guerrero added: “My team and I have been studying all of Aydin’s fights and we know where we can take advantage of his flaws. Aydin is very strong and puts a tremendous amount of pressure on all of his opponents. I can see why he’s been avoided, but I’m ready to take him on even though nobody else wants to.”

Guerrero has had huge fights in his career, but none bigger than helping his wife Casey overcome cancer not once, but twice.

“I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for getting me to this point in my career,” Guerrero stated. “I have tremendous support from my wife Casey, who’s been through a lot. I also want to say that no man in boxing is hungrier than I am. On July 28, everyone is going to see a man that will be fighting to take care of his family, a wife who has battled cancer and is now healthy, a tremendous team who’s stuck by my side through thick and thin and a hometown crowd that will be cheering for me to bring it home.”

Guerrero will have his hands full against the little-known Aydin.

28. Turkey. His career has been split between Turkey and Germany having fought once here in the United States. Aydin has a lot of power and has fought guys with good records. Guerrero is moving up in weight from a lower-weight division to fight a bigger, unbeaten puncher.

Aydin is preparing for a knockout of Guerrero.

“I am not planning to leave the decision to the judges,” Aydin said. “I didn’t come to California to outbox or outscore Guerrero. I am on a very simple mission…seek and destroy! Every other day I read somewhere that Guerrero is dreaming of fights against Mayweather and Pacquiao. He can dream whatever he wants when I put him to sleep. ‘The Ghost’ has no idea what’s coming to him. He may have been featherweight and junior lightweight champion, but now he’s playing with the big boys. The first time I hit him, he will regret moving up in weight and accepting to fight me.”

It will be very interesting.