Brawling Brits to meet at Upton Park

David Haye claims Dereck Chisora has got “a few screws loose” after yesterday agreeing to a very “personal” and controversial grudge match against the unpredictable British heavyweight.

After a week of speculation, it was confirmed that Haye and Chisora will fight at Upton Park on July 14.

The pair sparked outrage by brawling after Chisora’s world heavyweight title defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Munich this February.

Glass bottles, tripods and punches flew in the scrap, and it was clear there is still a deep-rooted animosity between the pair when they met at a press conference to promote their fight at West Ham’s ground.

Chisora and Haye traded insults over a seven-foot steel fence that separated them, and at least a dozen security guards were on hand to prevent any repeat of the Munich brawl.

“This is definitely personal,” Haye said after the main press conference ended.

“We genuinely don’t like each other. He has threatened to break my jaw, he has threatened to slap me.”

Chisora has a history of troubles both inside and out of the ring. He has convictions for assaulting his girlfriend, carrying an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

The 28-year-old has also kissed an opponent during a weigh-in and bit another in the ring, prompting Haye to question his state of mind.

“I truly believe he has a screw loose, a few screws loose actually,” said Haye, who is coming out of retirement for the fight.


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