David Haye vowed to inflict a “slow, concussive beating” on Dereck Chisora after their controversial all-British grudge match was confirmed today.
Chisora’s manager Frank Warren announced this afternoon that West Ham’s Upton Park ground would host a fight between the two British heavyweights on July 14.
The pair sparked outrage when they brawled in the press conference room following Chisora’s points defeat to WBC heavyweight champion Vital Klitschko in February.
At a heated press conference at Upton Park today, in which Haye and Chisora’s camps were separated by a seven-foot steel fence, the two men exchanged insults and Haye vowed to beat Finchley fighter Chisora in July.
“He is the ideal opponent for me,” Haye said.
“I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn’t have a good chin he would be blasted out in first round. This means I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating.
“I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up.”
Chisora, flanked by eight burly security guards, angrily retorted: ``I don't like him. David, you need to get style. Your corn rows are out of fashion.
“Talk is cheap now. That was a lucky shot he hit me with in Munich.
“David: you are winning 1-0 but come July I am coming to whoop your ass.
“Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring.”
The two men then exchanged another barb, revealing they had seen each other in London recently.
Chisora said: “I saw David Haye a couple of weeks and he pulled a knife.
Haye responded: “I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant.”
The fight has had to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew Chisora’s licence following his antics in Munich.
Haye does not have a British licence after he handed it in following his last fight in 2011 – his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko.
Warren insisted that he was not undermining the British Boxing Board of Control by going to Luxembourg for the fight's licence.
“This is not the end of British boxing,” Warren said.
“I believe it will be a sell out, a huge event. There are far far worse things happening in sport than what’s happening here.
“No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich.
“The hearing was put back to July so Dereck will have effectively been out of the ring for six months and that equates, if he was a footballer, to being out of action for 24 matches,” Warren added.
“He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko fight.
“He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on.
“He is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licenced by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control.
“It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead.”