- David Haye v Dereck Chisora
Haye gives Chisora boxing lesson
David Haye delivered a boxing clinic against Dereck Chisora, inflicting the first knockout of Chisora's career to end their hate-fuelled rivalry at Upton Park on Saturday.
Haye, lured out of retirement by Chisora after the pair brawled in Munich earlier this year, showed the giant chasm in quality between the two fighters, ending things in the fifth round. A left/right combination sparked the beginning of the end, before the second knockdown of the round forced the ref to stop the fight.
In a battle that pitched a true boxing technician in against a heavy-hitting brawler, it was clear from the opening exchanges that Haye was superior in every department. Chisora did land the odd hefty blow, but his best punch somewhat fittingly arrived after the bell.
The East London rain hammered down as the fighters emerged for the night's main event, greeted by 30,000 spectators at Upton Park. Haye looked more pumped than he had done for the majority of his previous fights, while Chisora typically used a bandana to cover his mouth.
When the opening bell rang, the bandana was swapped for Chisora's fists as he emerged from his corner with hands high, barely able to land as Haye popped the jab. The first round was almost exclusively Haye, although no major shots landed.
Chisora's tactics were to stalk his man down, get tight and throw the booming right hand. For two rounds it did not even begin to work, with Haye delivering a warning of his power with a heavy right in the second.
The pair exchanged words as they returned to their corner and Chisora emerged more aggressive for the third, although he still lacked the speed of his rival. Nevertheless, he enjoyed his best moments as he swung for the fences close to the bell, hammering Haye with a left hand after time had elapsed to spark fears as Haye returned to his stool.
It was a short-lived moment for Chisora though as Haye regained control in the fourth, before sparking the catalyst for the fight-ending blow in the fifth.
A left hand followed by a right saw Chisora take his first count, and there was still time for Haye to finish off the job. Chisora swung wildly out of desperation, but all he achieved was to eat a thudding left hook from Haye, which turned out the lights as the better fighter won.