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JD Chapman Furious, Denies David Haye Fight Agreement

By Keith Terceira

Last night undefeated, top-ten ranked, Arkansas heavyweight J.D. Chapman (29-0, 26KOs) left his Florida residence and is driving back to his Mansfield home. According to sources close to Chapman, who've spoken several times to the young heavyweight in the last few days - Chapman is both furious and dejected over recent events surrounding his passing on the David Haye fight.

Chapman relayed that he never at any point agreed to terms to meet Haye because the offer was first proposed at a ridiculously low purse of $100.000. Later after refusing the first offer it was increased by $40,000.

Responding to the comments of Adam Booth, manager and trainer of Haye, who told UK media:

’He said: 'I'm not coming to England to get knocked out,” Booth said. “This after agreeing a substantial amount of money.”

Chapman maintains that was an outright lie, but does say he never agreed when signing his deal with Scott Hirsch to be sent to England as an opponent for short money after not fighting since February. He turned down the fight with Haye because of concerns having to do with his conditioning, training, and having to take a fight of this type on less than eight weeks notice.

Furthermore Chapman is totally disgusted with the changes that have taken place within his team and the addition of Mike Borao, who was not privy to the original promises & plans laid out by Scott Hirsch when Hirsch was Chapman’s manager. A long term plan suddenly became a rush to a promotional payday and any discussion about a mid-six-figure offer was never passed on to John David Chapman.

The original plan was to build Chapman and get the 25-year-old heavyweight prepared for a championship which would take time due to Chapman’s lack of an amateur career. At one point sources report that Chapman was offered a bout with Sam Peter for $600,000 that Hirsch turned down because it didn’t fit with that goal.

Hirsch later became Chapman’s promoter, and according to people close to Chapman - things changed with the relationship and communication.

In conversations with friends, Chapman revealed today that he had not even spoke to Scott Hirsch in the three months prior to being told by phone on Monday that;

“You are fighting David Haye for a hundred thousand dollars in November and had to be on a plane the following morning for a press conference in England.”

After being repeatedly pressured and warned of dire consequences that would make things tough for him should he turn down the offer, Chapman felt the need to return to Arkansas and at this point he has little interest in anything related to boxing and is considering all of his options regarding his career.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by STEELHEAD on 09-17-2008

he he hee! who ranks chapman top ten? some regional hoaky eurobelt like british commonwealth or some place like bosnia? heres his world ranking: [URL]http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4078542&postcount=13[/URL] don't look like top ten material to me! was hoping haye would go up against…

Comment by Ray Ray on 09-17-2008

[QUOTE=boxing2005;4076988]Haye's a piece of shit, he's all talk. Negotiations with Mercer only makes is funnier.[/QUOTE] Please...I beg you...PLEASE TELL me you're joking about that fight?

Comment by sportsplato on 09-17-2008

Next he will start considering the IBO one of the four major belts like Tarver. The problem is that most top 10 HW have at least decent power and most have very good chins. There are too many people he…

Comment by KTerceira on 09-17-2008

A little bird told me that Haye's TV contract overseas requires him to face someone ranked in the top ten from the four major sanctioning bodies ... That is why he wants Chapman and not some of the others ...…

Comment by STEELHEAD on 09-17-2008

good. now china chin chump haye is going to have to look for another creampuff ranked over 100. you haye buttlickers still putting up with china chin?

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