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Dereck Chisora backs Tony Bellew to knock out David Haye

02/03/2017 00:00:00
by Daily Star (UK)
Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora

DERECK CHISORA has backed Tony Bellew to cause a dramatic upset against David Haye.

The world title challenger believes all the pressure is on Haye heading into the heavyweight clash.

And he believes his former foe will crumble because he doesn’t hit as hard as everyone thinks.

Chisora has shared the ring with both fighters in Saturday’s showdown at the O2 in London.

The Zimbabwe-born Brit was knocked out by Haye in 2012 after a heated build-up and has helped Scouse Bellew prepare for this bout with sparring sessions in Rotherham.

He believes WBC cruiserweight king Bellew, who is having his first fight at heavyweight, will stop Haye late on despite the Londoner knocking out 26 of his 28 victims.

David is a great athlete, he’s been at the top but in his last comeback fights he hasn’t boxed anyone who has been a threat to him,” said Chisora.

He also pointed to Haye’s poor selection of opponents since returning last year.

“Tony has been in the game for a while, he’s not been retired and trying to come back,” Chisora added.

“I see the fight going with Tony, I think he will knock Haye out in the later rounds.

“Tony is very strong, I’ve been sparring with him. David Haye is very strong too.

“I see the fight going for Tony, but it will be a good fight.

“Tony needs to take Haye into the later rounds and tire him out. He will do that.

“David Haye doesn’t hit that hard, it’s the surprise of the punch with his speed.

“Your brain has not registered the shot so that is why people get knocked out.

“There are people out there who hit harder than him. There are people who hit you with a jab and you don’t want to be in that ring.

“David Haye has a great jab but it is not powerful enough to discourage any opponent in the heavyweight scene.”

Starsport understands that Haye will not pull out of Saturday’s showdown despite reports of an Achilles tendon injury.

The former WBA champion did have a few niggles earlier in camp but sources close to him insist he has not had a fresh injury.


Haye did travel to Germany on Tuesday to meet with former Bayern Munich doctor Hans Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who operated and rebuilt his shoulder in 2014.

But the Londoner has travelled to Munich several times in recent months for check-ups with the renowned doctor.

Chisora reckons the pressure is on Haye in the multi-million pound clash, as defeat to Bellew, who started out as a pro at light-heavyweight, will leave his career in ruins.

He added: “The pressure is on Haye, Haye has to win this fight because if he doesn’t he has been beaten by a light heavyweight. Tony has nothing to lose.”

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