Chisora and trainer play down bust-up

Dereck Chisora and his trainer have both attempted to play down their altercation, which has threatened to disrupt the former’s preparations for his grudge match with David Haye next month.

Dereck Chisora and his trainer have both attempted to play down their altercation, which has threatened to disrupt the former’s preparations for his grudge match with David Haye next month.

The controversial fighter has won the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles under Don Charles’ tutelage but the two came to blows in the gym recently.

Charles hinted to BoxNation, the channel hosting the fight with Haye on July 14, that he believed his protege was showing him a lack of respect.

But the two have apparently reconciled and are working towards the common goal of defeating Haye at Upton Park in a bout sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to ratify the bout.

Chisora said: “This has been made out to be a big deal because people don’t see what goes on behind the gym doors.

“We are always arguing and rowing ahead of fights, it’s nothing new. When a fight as big as this against Haye is coming up, tensions are going to be high because it means everything to me to win.

“We were both cool again soon after and now we’re focused on beating Haye.”

Charles compared the incident to Alex Ferguson and David Beckham’s bust-up 10 years ago, where the Manchester United manager is alleged to have kicked a football boot which struck the midfielder in the head.

“What’s happened has happened and we’ve moved on from it now,” said Charles.

“You see incidents like this in other sports when passions are running high like Alex Ferguson and David Beckham a few years ago. I want Dereck to win the fight as there is so much at stake and that is our primary aim.”

Haye and Chisora meet in the culmination of a feud that has been running since February when the pair brawled in Munich at a press conference which followed Chisora’s WBC world title loss to Vitali Klitschko.

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