Daniel Gregory’s Column: Haye v Chisora casts shadow over King Khan

David Haye and Dereck Chisora
David Haye and Dereck Chisora

Amir Khan steps into the ring in arguably the most glamorous of setting at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning, yet he risks being overshadowed by a domestic heavyweight dust-up at West Ham United’s Upton Park.

Usually that would be a very odd occurance, but it seems we Brits love a bit of needle and a big rivalry.

And in David Haye and Dereck Chisora, we seem to have two people who genuinely detest each other.

Now I’m going to stop short of saying too much about that rivalry. I for one have often bought-in to the whole façade of pre-fight animosity before and been very disappointed when the two fighters embrace at the final bell and then say how much they love each other really and never meant anything they said in the build-up to the fight.

It happened with the Audley Harrison v David Haye build-up, and after the delusional Harrison was predictably knocked-out on Haye’s first venture forward, the two kissed and made up.

What a total and utter joke. Harrison ought to pack the boxing in and take up a job at Phones 4U, he makes a superb salesman and made a tidy seven-figure sum out of selling the British public a lie.

The cynics say the Haye/Chisora bust-up in Germany after Vitali Klitschko’s comfortable win against the latter was a set-up - I don’t follow that line of thought and I think these two genuinely don’t like one another.

I’m expecting an explosive fight. Chisora is massively overrated, but he scraps and can take a shot.

Haye might have to shake off some ring rust having been out of action since his massively-hyped fight against Wladimir Klitschko turned into a damp squib.

Haye to win in the ninth is my prediction, but I won’t be putting a fortune on it.

Looking across the pond at Amir Khan’s attempt to secure the WBA and WBC light welterweight titles from unbeaten Danny Garcia, I feel sorry for Khan.

His fight is for two world titles and is a world class bout, and all the press hype is about the unlicensed slog between Haye and Chisora.

Khan has the ability to replace Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as the best in the world once the two retire, and I think he’ll make a big statement this Sunday and stop Garcia.