• David Haye v Dereck Chisora

Haye eyes world title after Chisora victory

ESPN staff
July 15, 2012
David Haye knocks out Dereck Chisora © PA Photos

David Haye intends to challenge for the world heavyweight title following his fifth-round knockout of Dereck Chisora, calling out Vitali Klitschko after the fight.

Haye comfortably defeated Chisora on Saturday evening, sending his fierce rival to the canvas twice in quick succession. It was Haye's first fight since losing the WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko 12 months ago, and the Brit claims he is now ready to take back the belt.

"I've sent out a scary message to Vitali Klitschko and, to be honest, he may not want to fight me after seeing this performance," said Haye.

"I'm not going to make a rash decision but, yes, I would like to regain the heavyweight title and I would be very confident of beating Vitali."

The pair embraced after the bout at Upton Park, with Haye claiming the animosity between the boxers - which saw them brawl at a Munich press conference five months ago - is now a thing of the past.

"Any damage that was done by our altercation in Munich is well and truly fixed now. People said that was a black eye for boxing; well the bags have gone from boxing's eyes now.

"The crowd have gone home happy with a smile on their face. That's the bottom line.

"Whatever beef I had with Dereck before the fight is over now from my side and I hope it's vice versa. After sharing a ring with Dereck I have a new found respect for the man," Haye said.

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