In one of the most personal and controversial boxing matches to be seen in the European continent, David Haye defeated Zimbabwean-born Dereck Chisora on Saturday night barely in fifth-round knockout to win the WBA International and WBO Heavyweight International championships.
Looking at this fight, it is amazing how much bad blood can come out of just one incident that took place five months ago. In case you forgot, Chisora and Haye got involved in a brawl at a press conference following Chisora's loss to Vitali Klitschko.
That one incident led to Haye coming out of his short-lived retirement. Despite not having the kind of long, drawn-out build that some of the best matches in boxing history have had, this was one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
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Haye wanted to destroy Chisora. Chisora wanted to destroy Haye. Ultimately, Haye was able to prevail to win both championships.
For Haye, this was a great moment. Following his loss to Wladimir Klitschko last July, no one knew what to expect from Haye in this fight. Granted he did not have the longest layoff between fights, but you still wonder how much ring rust he is going to have.
At just 31 years old, Haye is still very much in his prime, so it's not like he had a lot of work to do to find himself.
Chisora, on the other hand, is going to have to figure out where his career is taking him. He has now lost four of his last five fights. At 28, there is time for him to turn things around and climb back up the heavyweight rankings.
22.45 Despite the hype, despite the horror, that was really quite an entertaining way to spend approximately 20 minutes. They went for each other, Chisora swung some silly, wild punches, Haye looked bright, quick and too good and we had an emphatic knock-out. And a handshake at the end. Then something bordering on a love-in. That was a bit much. Qualified congratulations to David Haye, and hats off for Chisora for losing with a dignity that I did not realise he possessed. Thanks for your company, I'll talk to you again soon.
22.41 Here's Haye celebrating his moment of mild glory:
22.35 Chisora congratulates Haye. Haye says he'd be "very surprised" if Vitali Klitschko wanted to fight him now. Because he was "scary" tonight. Hmm... I could get behind "pretty decent" but come on, Chisora swings like a drunk at times.
22.31 Haye has acquired a couple of belts. It's at this stage where I expose my lack of boxing knowledge but... why has he won belts?! Whose were they?
22.28 So it was a big right cross that felled Chisora the first time. He was up with suicidal speed. The flurry that ended the fight saw Haye's speed prove far too much for Chisora. A left opened him up, a right hook did for him and Haye landed another devastating left uppercut as Chisora fell to the floor. They're shaking hands in the ring. Aw, that's nice. Friends again.
The "disgrace" element isn't figuring too heavilly in my mind at the minute, as this is a great fight. Chisora swinging wildly once again, and every time he leans forwards and into a series of punches you do wonder about him catching Haye. There'd be a strong element of fortune to it, though, and Haye is responding every time with well-chosen and lightning fast responses with his right. Chisora coming over the top frequently, he's thudded the back of Haye's head on a couple of ocassions. Haye's knocked him down! Massive left hook! Chisora's up... But down again! AND THAT'S IT! David Haye wins!
Chisora with another big right as the pair head towards the ropes, but it opens up for Haye who lands a couple... Chisora's on the attack again, looking to overpower Haye with vicious charges towards the corner. Haye copes well, and they're back at arms length. The round peters out. Despite Chisora's promising combos there that's another round you'd score for Haye... It's probably all four in his favour so far.
Chisora coming into a bit more now, pushing Haye towards the ropes and the corner, but it's still Haye looking far more likely to land something approaching a killer blow. Sharp right nearly comes good. He's too quick for him. Chisora tying up Haye repeatedly as the round slips away, and these are the close quarters that favour the underdog. Suddenly they're toe to toe! Chisora catches him with a left hook at the bell, he's wobbling! That's the end of the round.
We've not had a telling blow landed yet, but it's not been tentative either. Haye has the look of a man that wants this dealt with quickly. Big right connects for Haye, after he comes close with another uppercut. Chisora unmoved, but he looked exposed there. Haye making all the running, but there's a little combination from Chisora which reminds him to be careful. He's warned for going over the top
Haye starting with intent, straight on the attack with a flurry of jabs. Chisora weathers the storm but looks to grab Haye's leg in retaliation which I'm pretty sure isn't allowed. Crikey, Chisora's big. Haye backing off a little more now, looking to weave his way into some space. Chisora misses with a big left hook, first time he's thrown a significant punch so far. He looks vulnerable, but Haye can't capitalise. Haye coming in closer towards the end of the round which is not where he wants to be. Another attempted hook from Chisora which Haye counters with a frightening uppercut. Neither connect, and there's the bell. Courtesy Tom Gibs, Telegraph