Dereck Chisora is on 'last opportunity' in boxing and set for world title fight with Anthony Joshua if he beats Dillian Whyte, says David HayeDecember 19, 2018
Chisora, 34, prepares to re-run his December 2016 classic against Whyte, 30, on Saturday, at the O2 Arena.
Whyte edged out a close split decision victory against Chisora two years ago but, going into the rematch, Del Boy has ex-heavyweight world champion Haye in his team.
The former two-weight world champion told SunSport that Saturday night offers Chisora a ‘last real opportunity for something amazing’.
Haye said: “The most important thing is that he wins on December 22 against Dillian Whyte, I know that’s the only thing that really matters.
“He’s a Sky Box Office fighter now, he needs to get as many people on the War Chisora bandwagon as he can get, and so far I’m happy with how it’s all going.
“He knows this is his last real opportunity for something amazing.
“He’s the main-event in a Sky Boxing Office event in a sold out O2 Arena, with potentially a world title shot if he wins this fight.”
Chisora has challenged for the heavyweight world title on one occasion, however, he was outpointed by Vitali Klitschko for the WBC strap in February 2012.
After that loss, in the post-fight press-conference in Munich, another British heavyweight was in attendance, Chisora’s future manager Haye.
Haye and Chisora got into an infamous brawl at the press conference which led to both boxers and their trainers being involved in the altercation.
The two heavyweights would ultimately see their British Boxing Board of Control licenses stripped but that did not stop them from meeting in the ring.
Just four months later the two, boxing with Luxembourg Boxing Federation licenses, clashed with Haye winning by fifth round knockout.
The announcement this year that Haye would manage Chisora first came as a shock.
But Haye, who prepares to compete at the Goliath Poker Tournament 2019, presented by Grosvenor Casinos, said their history was forgotten before they began working together.
Haye added: “We’ve all seen each other multiple times over the years and buried the hatchet.
“It was a big fight and it was front page news, it was on a Luxembourg boxing license – it was big for probably the wrong reason.
“Working with Dereck definitely helps now I’m retired, I couldn’t have done this while I was an active fighter, no way in a million years.
“I definitely feel everything pans out the way it’s supposed to, and for me I hope it just maintains how it’s going so far.
“It’s been going brilliantly to date and we just need to continue the positive flow.
“I’ve only worked with him for one fight, but speaking to people that have known him for years they said without a shadow of as doubt he’s in the best shape mentally and physically as he’s ever been.”
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