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Klitschko shot too soon for Dereck Chisora - David Haye

By Ben Dirs

David Haye
Haye is confident a fight against one or both of the Klitschkos will happen

David Haye believes Dereck Chisora's world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko has come far too soon.

British heavyweight champion Chisora, 26, challenges Klitschko for his IBF and WBO belts in Mannheim, Germany in December, in only his 15th pro fight.

"I hope he can pull it off but he's neither physically or mentally ready," said Haye, who defends his WBA belt against Audley Harrison on 13 November.

"British level and world level is a completely different sport."

Chisora has won all 14 of his professional fights but the biggest name on his resume is an over-the-hill Danny Williams, whom he knocked out in May.

In contrast Klitschko has had 58 fights, winning 55 of them, 49 inside the distance.

"Maybe if Dereck had won a European title and defended that three or four times against good calibre opposition and fought some world-ranked fighters, potentially he'd have a shot," Haye told BBC Sport.

"But he's had no real amateur pedigree, had only 14 fights against journeymen and the best he's won is the British title, which is no bad thing.

"He's going to find things are different at world level a bit early in his career.

"Hopefully he'll get a good payday, that's what it's about, earning some money, because it's going to be a hard, hard night's work for him.

"He's got all the attributes - quick hands, he's young and fresh - but you need to be seasoned to go up against the Klitschkos."

Haye added that even if Chisora, a 6-1 shot to beat Klitschko, was to pull off what would be a massive upset, an all-British unification match would never happen.

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"He's got a very slim chance but if Dereck is to win he'll be tied up with the Klitschos for a long time, the contracts they make guys sign are ridiculous," added Haye.

"An all-British unification match wouldn't happen because he'd be tied in to fight the Klitschkos for years - if he couldn't beat Wladimir in a rematch he'd have to fight his brother instead."

Meanwhile, Haye rejected the suggestion he had let down his fans by fighting Harrison instead of Wladimir Klitschko or his older brother Vitali, the WBC title-holder.

Haye had been due to fight Wladimir last year but withdrew because of a back injury.

Haye went on to dethrone WBA champion Nikolay Valuev last November and was widely expected to defend his title against one or other of the Klitschkos this year.

Instead he fought American veteran John Ruiz in April and will fight former Olympic champion Harrison in Manchester next month.

Haye said: "There's a lot more behind the scenes the fans aren't aware of.

"Boxers call each other out but when it comes to signing the contract and the money situation, the television rights, the venues, no-one hears about that.

"They just hear one fighter say they want to fight another fighter and assume that means the other person's going to turn up on the day.

"There's so much more to it than meets the eye. To understand it takes years of knowing the characters, the different lawyers involved, it's a complex, complex game.

"But the big fights always, always happen - myself and the Klitschkos, it will happen.

"There's loads of banter back and forth - he's ducking me, I'm ducking him - but we will fight and they're getting knocked out, and once I do that all the hype beforehand becomes irrelevant."



see also
Relaxed Chisora ready for Klitschko
21 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Klitschko retains his WBC title
16 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Chisora lines up Klitschko fight
12 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Klitschko easily retains titles
11 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Harrison to take on champion Haye
07 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Klitschkos 'scare' Haye - Vitali
31 Jul 10 |  Boxing
Klitschko issues Haye challenge
12 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Haye stops Ruiz to retain title
03 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Haye shocks Valuev to take title
07 Nov 09 |  Boxing


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