By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DERECK CHISORA has challenged arch-rival David Haye to a £20,000 side bet ahead of their grudge match at West Ham on Saturday.
They meet in the ring to finally settle their differences after months of controversy following their infamous press conference clash in Munich.
Now Chisora wants his favourite charity, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, to benefit if he triumphs.
He said: “It will be great to see the kids’ charity receive a £20,000 boost when I finally prove who has the stronger chin.”
And Chisora has promised an early finish to the eagerly-awaited contest, saying: “I will be at my craziest.
“I am excited by the fight. I am going to be the craziest I have ever come into the ring.
“Me and David are going to give the fans a great fight. We’re two forward fighters and it will be a great night.”
Opponent Haye, though, is hoping that Chisora isn’t too crazy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Upton Park.
The pair were involved in a press room brawl after Chisora was beaten by WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February.
Chisora threatened to have Haye shot as the pair traded blows at a post-fight press conference that descended into complete chaos.
It was the end of a week of mayhem in which 28-year-old Londoner Chisora had slapped Klitschko in the face at their big fight weigh-in.
Then, before the first bell, Chisora sipped water from a bottle and spat it in the face of Vitali’s brother, multiple world champion Wladimir.
Haye said yesterday: “He does some weird things and I will keep away from him until that first bell because it’s only after that I get paid for punching.”
Meanwhile, angry Mickey Vann has hit out after being KO’d as the big fight referee following complaints from the Haye camp.
Vann has been replaced by Puerto Rican Louis Pabon after Haye’s manager Adam Booth objected, saying: “There’s no way that a 68-year-old featherweight should be in charge. This is a fight between two aggressive heavyweights, with a known grudge, in a fight that will get ugly.”
But Vann blasted: “I’m angry about this. I am now judging it but, to be honest, Louis Pabon is a weak referee.
“He can probably only speak about 10 words of English.
“To have a referee who has only a small understanding of English isn’t right.
“It will be a tough fight where the boxers will need talking to.”
Vann retired from the British ring at the end of 2008 due to the British Boxing Board of Control regulation which states over-65s can no longer referee.
However, he can referee international contests and is still used as a judge by some of boxing’s world bodies