LONDON — Disgraced British heavyweight Dereck Chisora and former WBA champion David Haye could be set to settle their differences in the ring, reports suggested Friday.
The British heavyweights clashed violently in Munich last February at a press conference following Chisora’s loss to Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.
The incident led to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) withdrawing Chisora’s license “indefinitely”.
He has launched an appeal against that decision, and despite Haye being technically retired, quotes attributed to Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, suggest the pair could settle their argument in the ring.
“It’s a natural fight, it doesn’t matter what anyone says,” Warren reportedly said in quotes carried by a number of websites.
“It’s a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko.
“There’s a lot for them to fight about - in a proper environment. I do see the fight happening. It’s the proper forum for them to settle their differences.”
The prospect of a showdown has also gained momentum after Warren extended an invitation to the media to attend a press conference at West Ham’s Upton Park ground next Tuesday. Chisora himself has revealed his desire to return to the ring, with his appeal against his suspension set to be heard on May 14.
And, in an interview with ITV London Friday, the 28-year-old refused to rule out meeting former WBA champion Haye.
“I’m not banned — I’m not fit enough to hold a license. Banned means you’ve been banned. But when you’re not fit enough that means you’re not fit,” he said. “I’m a boxer, I’m a fighter. I love fighting. Someone takes something you love, how are you gonna survive and progress in your life? I wanna fight again.”
When asked if he wanted to fight Haye in particular, he said: “I want to fight everybody.”
Alvarez sees Mosley as a test
Rising Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez reckons his World Boxing Council super welterweight title defense against US veteran Shane Mosley is the start of bigger things.
“This is another test, another gate that I have to walk through,” Alvarez said. “With Mosley being who he is, I feel that I have entered the big leagues.
“There will be way bigger fights and better things for me.”
Mosley, a 40-year-old warrior, said Alvarez won’t find it so easy to walk through him, even if his last six fights included three defeats and a draw — and unimpressive efforts against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
“They’re saying they’re going to walk through the doors, but there’s going to be a big toll to pay,” said Mosley, who brings a record of 46-7-1 with 39 knockouts to the bout, which is on the undercard of the World Boxing Association super welterweight title bout between Puerto Rican champion Miguel Cotto and unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather. — Agencies