• David Haye v Derck Chisora

'Best-ever' Haye promising rapid Chisora KO

ESPN staff
July 11, 2012
A barrier has been between Dereck Chisora and David Haye © Getty Images

David Haye claims he is in the best shape of his career and is promising a rapid finish to his fight with Dereck Chisora on Saturday.

Haye and Chisora will settle their differences at West Ham's Upton Park on Saturday, following a heated build-up that stemmed from their clash in the postscript to Chisora's loss to Vitali Klitschko in February.

Haye has not fought since losing to Wladimir Klitschko last year, which was the final fight before he announced his retirement. Having clashed with Chisora in February, he confirmed his intention to come out of retirement to fight his compatriot and is ready for the battle.

"My training has gone good," Haye said. "I am feeling healthy, fit, fast. In the lead-up to many fights you have to adjust, maybe due to injury, but this is the first camp that every target I have set, runs, weights, etc, it has happened. Nothing has broken down in training. It has never happened before and I can feel the difference. My sparring partners have felt the difference.

"Unfortunately for Dereck he is fighting the best me. He is fighting the best-ever Hayemaker. The best I have felt like this is before the Enzo Maccarinelli fight. You saw the result of that fight and I think you will see a similar fight.

"He is getting knocked out quick. Myself and Adam felt when we started training it would go into the second half of the fight. But now, the harder he comes the quicker he gets KOd."

The steel fence that has been between the pair in the build-up to the fight was in evidence again. Chisora began the press conference in a relaxed manner, but things became heated when the pair traded insults.

"I am excited about the fight," Chisora said. "David Haye says the best him is going to come into the ring. That is great for me. I will be the craziest I have been. My training has gone well. I am excited, everything has gone well and I have had no injuries. We are going to give the people a great fight."

Chisora went on to goad Haye, who refused to rise to calls for him to look into his opponent's eyes. "You sound nervous," Chisora said. "I think by round four you will be blowing it out of your backside." Haye responded by saying: "Hands down, come out and see who has the best chin. Don't hide behind your hands."

Chisora confirmed he had been taking medication, which was jumped on by Haye's coach Adam Booth who asked "is it performance enhancing?" This led to confirmation from both camps that the pair will be stringently tested and Booth called on all fighters to take blood tests to prove they are not taking anything illegal.

Haye was questioned about his next move, but he is refusing to look beyond Chisora.

"I am not thinking past Saturday," he said. "I am focused on doing the job and then moving on. I am only thinking about Saturday's execution."

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