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Rumble needed to settle heavyweight division - Chisora

ESPN staff
January 6, 2011

Dereck Chisora says the only way of sorting out David Haye's ongoing dispute with the Klitschko brothers is to get all four fighters "under one roof", insisting that a double bill "would sell".

The heavyweight division has been thrown into chaos with the news Chisora has rearranged his fight with Wladimir for April 30, meaning a potential showdown between Haye and the younger Klitschko brother has been scrapped.

In December, Haye and his trainer Adam Booth both stated they were certain a deal would be reached to fight the WBO, IBF and IBO title holder, but negotiations broke down in the new year regarding the prospective date of the clash. Chisora, who was originally set for a December 11 fight with Wladimir before the Ukrainian withdrew with a stomach injury, says the only way to settle matters is to assemble all four fighters for one big night of boxing.

"To make it more interesting, David Haye and me against the [Klitschko] brothers under one roof - that would sell," he told Sky Sports. "Then he [Haye] can retire because the boxing game isn't going to miss him, he hasn't given us any good fights. When was the last time you can remember when you could say, 'that was a good fight David'? If he goes, bon voyage."

Haye meanwhile, has been left dumbfounded by Wladimir's decision to pursue a fight with Chisora.

"Unifying the heavyweight division against Wladimir is a fight everyone wants to see," he said. "Everyone wants to see a unified champion and this would have been our chance and unfortunately he has chosen to fight someone that no-one has ever heard of. It's a real shame for boxing. Wladimir Klitschko has killed my opportunity to be in a fight everybody got excited about.

"He's getting a lot less money [fighting Chisora], no-one is interested in that fight. He doesn't want to fight someone who is a champion, someone who was the undisputed cruiserweight champion. His legacy is going to be forever left [unfinished]."

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