By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE-BORN British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora has announced a surprise partnership with former fierce rival David Haye almost six years after the pair met in front of 40,000 fans at West Ham’s Upton Park stadium in an all-British showdown.
Chisora, 34, – who recently knocked-out Carlos Takam in July – revealed that Haye would become his new manager after the pair agreed to the partnership over lunch recently.
“We had lunch. We spoke. He played hard to get! He said: ‘let me think about it’ but he was already hooked.
“He said: ‘let’s do it’. Every time I have lost, I have rebuilt myself. “I saw how David did it for himself and I want to do it myself.”
Chisora revealed his popular ‘Del Boy’ nickname has also been changed to ‘WAR’ and he is backing former world champion Haye to engineer his route to the top.
“He [David Haye] is one of very few managers who has themselves won world titles,” said Chisora.
“He knows what it is like to step in the ring putting everything, including your life, on the line. I am at a point in my career I know I cannot afford to make mistakes.
“’Del Boy’ is no more, I am not playing, I am not cutting corners or looking for the short cuts, I have realised I need to live the life of a professional if I am to achieve what I know I am capable of.
“There will be no more late nights partying, drinking, getting distracted by stuff that will simply move me away from my dream.
“David has already built on my existing team of Don Charles and John Ramos, bringing in the best in the field of S&C, nutrition and rehabilitation to support them.
“To all heavyweights out there who think Derek Chisora has had his time, missed his moment, you’re wrong, this is just the beginning, this is WAR.”
Haye, who knocked Chisora out in the 2012 grudge match after they notoriously brawled at a press conference, will act on behalf of his one-time nemesis with negotiations ongoing for a rematch against Dillian Whyte on December 22.
The now retired Haye, who also manages budding heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce and called out Chisora earlier this year described Chisora as “an immense talent and a true warrior.
“His most recent win again Carlos Takam sent shock waves around the boxing community – myself included – and a stark message to his fellow heavyweights.
“When Derek is focused, when he gets the work done and has the infrastructure around him he requires to perform he is not a boxer you can under estimate.
“Derek is dangerous and after a professional career spanning over a decade he is looking to scale the heights of the division, capturing world titles and I am looking forward to helping him achieve this.”