By Phil D. Jay
The world’s number one heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko, has once again lashed out at the upcoming heavyweight contest between David Haye and Dereck Chisora for a second time, once again calling both fighters ‘losers’ as they ready themselves to fight on July 14th in London.
The 36 year-old IBF/WBA/IBO/WBO beltholder, who ended Haye’s reign as WBA champion last July, is behind the World Boxing Council, British Boxing Board of Control and German Boxing Board in denouncing the controversial contest and sees it as condoning bad behavior in boxing.
“It is something that is actually disgraceful for the sport of boxing,” Kltischko told talkSPORT.
“It is not right to sanction this fight. That is my opinion. I am totally against it. People have compared Mike Tyson to Chisora and said he has done some bad things too. Let’s not compare Mike Tyson to Dereck Chisora. Mike Tyson has been the youngest heavyweight champion of the world and he has been an exciting fighter.
"Chisora hasn’t accomplished anything. He has lost his last three fights in a row, the last fight he lost against Vitali, the other guy [Haye] lost against a Klitschko as well.
“The promoters are trying to sell the fight as the greatest ever and both guys lose their last fights against Klitschkos. It’s two losers against each other,” added the Ukrainian.
Regardless of the continued bad publicity the all-British fight receives, the Upton Park event is still pencilled in to go ahead in the summer and nothing, at the moment, seems likely to change that fact as the organizers dig their heels in.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net