David Haye retired from professional boxing injured and beaten in 2018 but now has a new challenge — taming one of boxing’s wildest men.
Haye is managing Dereck Chisora, the sport’s version of the Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios.
Chisora once tried to smooch an opponent at a weigh-in, spat water all over Wladimir Klitschko’s face, and was arrested by German police for a brawl with Haye in Munich.
Somehow, the two of them have buried the hatchet and are achieving impressive wins together.
These wins, Haye told Business Insider, could push Chisora into world championship title contention.
Considering Chisora has lost almost 25% of his fights, he would become one of the most unlikely champions in boxing.
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At a 2012 post-fight press conference after Dereck Chisora had just absorbed 211 punches from a bigger and taller Vitali Klitschko in a gruelling world heavyweight title fight, the Londoner stepped toward David Haye, who was in the crowd at the time, and brawled with his rival in front of the world’s media.
Having already been defeated by Klitschko, the wild and chaotic post-event drama was Chisora’s second loss that night.
Footage showed Haye elbow Chisora then punch him to the floor with a glass bottle in his hand. Chairs were thrown. Haye’s trainer Adam Booth had blood streaking down his head.
It was a dark day for the sport. British boxing had given itself a black eye.
It would seem unlikely that Chisora would later team up with Haye, seeking his counsel regarding management and promotion, leaning on him for advice as he attempts to navigate a route back to a world title shot seven years on, aged 36.
But this is a relationship that benefits both men. Chisora gets tips from an athlete who looked the part during his own world championship days, a heavyweight who would not have been out of place on the front cover of men’s fitness magazines because of a ripped body seemingly chiseled from clay.
Haye, too, has been given purpose in a post-fight career — a reason to get out of bed with a smile on his face. Having left professional boxing in 2018, injured, with back-to-back losses to Tony Bellew — a fighter he would arguably have beaten in his prime — he now has a project that takes up his time.
Haye told Business Insider how the relationship began when we met in London earlier this week.
“He came to me and said, ‘David, could you help me, I’ve seen what you’ve done in your career,'” he said. “‘Can you assist and teach me what you’ve done to get the success you’ve had?’
“I’d never in a million years think that Dereck would ask me. Us fighters have egos, but he came to me. He must have put his ego to the side.”
Haye’s surprise was likely because of their history, one which involved that bottling in Munich. Chisora was arrested at the airport. Haye managed to leave the country. There was
Source:: Business Insider – Sports