Boxing’s ‘craziest’ collaboration is OVER as former world champion David Haye splits with his once fierce rival Derek Chisora after two-and-a-half years as the heavyweight’s manager
- David Haye will no longer be managing heavyweight fighter Derek Chisora
- Haye has been managing his once fierce rival’s career since October 2018
- Chisora fought big names like Joseph Parker and Oleksandr Usyk under Haye
- The Brit admitted people told him he was ‘crazy’ to team up with his former foe
- Haye and Chisora had a heavyweight grudge fight at Upton Park nine years ago
Boxing’s ‘craziest’ collaboration is over as David Haye announces he has parted company with Derek Chisora after serving two-and-a-half years as his manager.
Haye teamed up with his once fierce rival in a shock move back in October 2018 and has overseen his career up until this point.
During their partnership, Chisora re-established himself as a firm fan favourite and headlined four Sky Box Office shows in huge heavyweight fights against world title contenders Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker.
David Haye (centre) will no longer manage Derek Chisora after announcing their split today
Chisora fought six times under Haye’s management, most recently losing to Joseph Parker
Chisora had six fights under Haye’s management, winning three of them, and most recently pushed former champion Parker close when he dropped a contentious split decision points defeat back in May.
Following their split, Haye said: ‘It’s been an action-packed couple of years, getting Derek back in the mix of the heavyweight division, taking him from ‘Delboy’ to ‘WAR’ mode.
‘When we announced our unlikely partnership we pledged to give fight fans the big nights of heavyweight clashes they have called out for and that I believe we have achieved.
‘Whilst I will no longer be managing Derek, I will naturally continue to follow and support his career with great interest. The UK remains at the epicentre of the heavyweight division and Derek stands ready to go toe to toe with them all. 2021 is looking very exciting for him with a number of options available.’
The Brit headlined four Sky shows working with Haye and also fought Oleksandr Usyk
Chisora insisted his performances in the past two-and-a-half years speak for themselves
The boxing world was shocked when Haye and Chisora first announced they would be teaming up two-and-a-half-years ago given their history.
Chisora even today admitted that people told him he was ‘crazy’ for working with his former foe, having been brutally knocked out by Haye in their grudge fight back in 2012.
Their heavyweight dust up nine years ago came about after Haye and Chisora brawled at a press conference following the latter’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko.
Both Haye and Chisora were stripped of their licenses for the bust-up, with their fight having to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Board of Boxing Control refused to.
Haye and Chisora had to be separated by a fence at press conferences in build-up to their fight
Haye’s manager at the time Adam Booth is seen with blood on his face after the heavyweights brawled at a press conference back in 2012
Haye won their grudge fight at Upton Park by brutally knocking out Chisora in the fifth round
After a bad-tempered build-up, which even saw the two heavyweights separated by a fence for press conferences and the weigh-in, it was Haye who claimed victory with a devastating TKO in the fifth round.
Speaking on Wednesday after he and Haye went separate ways, Chisora said: ‘Everyone close to me thought I was crazy when I told them I wanted David to manage me, but in the last two and a half years my performances in the ring have spoken for themselves.
‘Giving fights fans the battles they wanted to see even when COVID put a handbrake on everything. I may have been robbed against both Usyk and Parker but have developed as a fighter.
‘2021 is looking very interesting, I am back in camp, ready to go this Autumn. It’s time for WAR. I would like to thank David for his support (at times patience…) and guidance during our time working together.’
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