By Frank Warren
It’s a week since the David Haye-Dereck Chisora showdown at West Ham United and now its calmed down I’ve had time to reflect on the events over the hectic few months since the fight was announced.
It was one of the more controversial fights I’ve been involved in and although BoxNation were the promoters of the show, it was still tough dealing with the political and licensing aspects surrounding the event.
But whatever you felt about Haye v Chisora it was an explosive fight - as I predicted from the outset - and one of the best domestic heavyweight fights seen in recent years that brought the best out of both fighters.
The atmosphere created by the 30,000 crowd was phenomenal and despite a downpour just before the main event the spirit of the fans and celebrities in attendance couldn’t be dampened as they were desperate to see the bitter rivals get it on.
And the event went without a hitch, even the British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith generously said: “I’m very pleased that the event in London went smoothly. I didn’t expect there to be any hassle at all.” Which was in contrast to what he said in a letter to Newham Council warning them of crowd trouble at the event.
The medical safety and drug safety operation on the night was superb, it was as good as, if not better, than that of a well-run BBBofC show.
When Haye came in at 15st, his lightest since entering the heavyweight division in 2008, you knew then it was going to be all about speed for him to the win the fight, although the power was still there and he still seemed strong in the early rounds.
Haye won the first two rounds and in the third Chisora landed a good shot to the top of Haye’s head and he reeled back, Haye got it together and in the fifth he threw a fast left-right combination that dropped Chisora, he bravely got up and Haye then unleashed five short powerful hooks to drop him again with the referee stopping an unsteady Chisora.
Although it was a brave performance by Chisora and he showed plenty of fighting heart, I thought he did well moving forward and forcing Haye back, but he was missing with his own shots he didn’t get his jab going in the fight, he’s good a good jab when he uses it, but Haye said he felt he nullified it.
That said, Haye was very impressive and he made me eat my words. He did a better job with Chisora than Vitali Klitschko did.
The Hayemaker punched his way back into the heavyweight scene and it remains to be seen what he’ll do from here, if he decides to retire then there will be a big hole in the division.
The big fight out there for him is against WBC Champion Vitali, who makes a title defence against unbeaten but unknown Manuel Charr in September, he is also looking to seek election to the Ukrainian parliament in October.
Depending on the election results then a super-fight against Haye could happen or there’s also the potential of a rematch with Wladimir.
Chisora took the defeat well and it was great to see both men shake hands at the end of the fight bearing no grudges which was a great advert for the sport and credit to them after all that’s happened between them.
A few hours later on the other side of the Atlantic, Amir Khan suffered a ‘shock loss’ when he was knocked out inside four rounds against big-punching Danny Garcia, losing his reinstated WBA Super World Welterweight title, plus the WBC title which was on the line.
It was an exciting fight but lets get real here – Hagler/Hearns? Do me a favour I don’t know what some of these so call ‘knowledgeable sports writers’ are on to even consider comparing it with that classic.
Despite nearly four years under trainer Freddie Roach it seems he hasn’t learnt to fight on the inside and his defence, as I’ve said numerous times, is still a major concern. Marcos Maidana had him rocking all over the ring and although Lamont Peterson wasn’t a massive puncher he was finding it too easy to hit Khan.
For me the Peterson fight debate wasn’t about the controversy of the point deductions like some hysterical commentators were talking about, it was about how easy Khan was getting caught and what would have happen if he was in with a bigger puncher.
Khan started well against Garcia and was using his speed and combination punching, but then a big left hook from Garcia detonated on Khan in the third and he went down heavily just like he did against Breidis Prescott four years earlier. He did well to survive the round, but he didn’t recover in the break and was dropped twice more in the fourth with the referee stopping it and Khan protesting.
There’s no doubt that Khan, like Chisora, has a big fighting heart, but his career is now going to be a hard job to rebuild.
I feel that under me I did a great job with his career which was textbook apart from his loss to Prescott, who his family selected to fight, but I still took him to a world title only two fights later.
His family have done well for him on the commercial side getting him endorsements, but on the boxing side there is no one experienced around them, someone competent or able of objectively making the right moves for him.
He needs a complete change and like Chisora has to regroup. With Ramadan coming up it will be a good time to take a break for a few months and think seriously about his next move.
One of the big decisions he will have to make is if he is going to keep Freddie Roach on as a trainer. Having to split his training camp in Los Angeles with traveling to the Philippines with Roach, who was assisting Manny Pacquiao for his fight against Timothy Bradley, wasn’t ideal preparation for Khan.
In assessing what went wrong Khan said this week that he needs to put himself first which means that Roach would have to put him ahead of stars Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the other top fighters he trains at his Wild Card gym that just isn’t going to happen. They earn bigger purses than Amir which means his cut is more – simple as that.
Khan also added that he may return to England and base himself from here again. I’ve said before that he went over to America too early in his career. He should have stayed here longer, now it maybe he has to come back to Blighty to resurrect his career.
I’ll be sticking by Enzo Maccarinelli who tested positive for a banned substance called methylhexaneamine after his fight against Shane McPhilbin in March.
The substance was in a fat-burner product that Maccarinelli purchased from a combat magazine and in the advert it stated that it was suitable for athletes and was approved.
Maccarinelli is a good guy and it was an honest mistake and he is devastated that people will think that he has cheated.
He’s got a 6 month ban, but he’s offered to help UK Anti-Doping in any way to stop other boxers or sportsmen falling into the same trap.
UKAD are so busy at the moment that they couldn’t supply testers for the big fight last Saturday and to make sure everything was above board we flew in their German counterparts.
How well known is WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko’s next opponent Manuel Charr? He turned up at the Haye-Chisora post-fight press conference looking to challenge Haye with everyone asking who he was.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may only be around for a year or two more and the name looking to replace them is US star Adrien Broner.
He’s only 22 and unbeaten in 23 fights, but he’s regarded as the best fighter of the new generation.
Broner is blessed with talent, athletic prowess, flashy ring antics and the gift of the gab.
See him tonight live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) when he defends his WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Vicente Escobedo.
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