Poll indicates majority eager to watch David Haye and Dereck Chisora, Dillian Whyte declines spar invite from both fighters

16 May

On The Beak – Admin

A massive 71 per cent of the public would pay to watch David Haye’s big heavyweight showdown with Dereck Chisora, a poll held on the Daily Mail online revealed. The bitter rivals meet in the ring on Saturday, July 14 at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in one of boxing’s biggest ever grudge fights. And only 29 per cent didn’t want to watch the fight which has become a hot talking point.

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A fence separated the fighters in an attempt to prevent further unsavoriness

Since the pair met last week head-to-head for the first time to announce their fight, tickets have been selling fast with over 20,000 sold already. The fight will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

The event is set to be well supported as ‘Regular’ WBA heavyweight champion Aleksandr Povetkin is to be pitched against mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman while prominent British lightweights Kevin Mitchell and Ricky Burns are rumoured to go at it for the WBO title at 135lbs.


Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte has delivered a knockout punch to David Haye and Dereck Chisora by refusing to spar with both fighters. The exciting London heavyweight prospect has sparred with them in the past, and when their summer grudge match was announced the rivals turned to unbeaten Whyte for help.

But Whyte (5-0-0, 2ko) who meets Zurab Noniashvili (13-7-1, 6ko) at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday refused. Whyte, 24, explained: “They have both asked me to spar ahead of their clash, and that leaves me in a difficult situation. I have thought about it and I am not going to spar with either of them because they are both friends. David and Dereck have helped me in my career so I don’t want to spar with one and create bad feeling with the other.”

Whyte, who beat British Olympic hope Anthony Joshua during a brief amateur career, has also sparred with David Price and Tyson Fury. Price (12-0-0, 10ko) heads Saturday’s bumper bill when he meets Sam Sexton for the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Whyte added: “I am a tough guy and when I go to spar I bring it. A lot of guys go to spar and lay down after a couple of rounds – that is not me.”

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