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Chisora rules out Haye clash if he beats Klitschkos

ESPN staff
December 1, 2010

Dereck Chisora has ruled out the prospect of a heavyweight unification fight against David Haye if he can shock the boxing world by defeating Wladimir Klitschko on December 11.

Chisora, a veteran of 14 professional fights, is facing a significant step up in quality when he takes on WBO & IBF champion Klitschko in Germany. However, if he can upset the odds by becoming the first man to defeat the Ukrainian since 2004, he does not believe a clash with Haye is feasible.

The WBA champion's insistence on walking away from the sport next year at the age of 31 has, in Chisora's eyes, quashed any hopes of a British battle for the richest prizes in the game. "No, [Haye fight won't happen] he'll be gone anyway, he said he's retiring in 2011, and by the time I'm finished with the brothers [if he beats Wladimir, he is contracted to face Vitali and then, if he wins that one, Wladimir again] it will be two years down the line," Chisora told Sky Sports News.

After Haye's totally one-sided defence against Audley Harrison earlier this month, there are fears that the beleaguered heavyweight division could be facing another mismatch in Chisora-Klitschko. These concerns were intensified when the Londoner admitted that he was struggling to attract sparring partners to his training camp in Scotland - but now he is back on English soil, Chisora insists that he is happy with the situation.

"Since I got back we've got so many sparring partners - we cobbled together as many as I wanted so I'm ready to go," he said. "In Great Britain we've got fighters taller than Klitschko, so those were the kind of fighters we got for the sparring game. We had about eight people."

Chisora also moved to blast the current heavyweight crop, which - beyond Haye and the Klitschkos - has been dubbed one of the worst in memory. "It's not the strongest division," he said. "The heavyweight game used to be the mother of all sports. It's gone down - the Americans ain't producing nothing, the Klitschkos have made the sport boring so there's no-one out there - except for Dereck Chisora. I'm here to save boxing."

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