David Haye’s latest Knockout app contains glass bottles and D. Boy

23 May

Tommy Barber – London

Former two-weight world champion and perpetual headline mainstay, David Haye has, on the eve of his July 14 showdown with fellow Londoner Dereck Chisora at the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, released the second installment of his Knockout series of iPhone apps. The game, however, has already received censure for it’s distaste as it features an opponent named “D. Boy” and the ability to finish challengers off with a glass bottle.

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The game’s creator Danny Pearce, company director of Grubby Hands Ltd, said: “‘David Haye’s Knockout’ demands a cunning strategy and an evasive game-plan to outwit rivals, claim the cabinet of pristine trophies and ultimately get the championship belt back. Armed with taunts and tricks up his sleeve, Haye is a lean, mean fighting machine ready to knock out every enemy in his way.”

Pearce continued: “Players can show their friends who’s the boss in the global leader board, as well as grab the gory Game Centre achievements in rich Retina graphics and High Definition.”

Haye (25-2-0, 23ko) added: “I’m proud to put my name to this game, as it’s every bit as exciting as the first version of ‘David Haye’s Knockout’. The guys at Grubby Hands Ltd have made plenty of improvements and added one or two elements that I’m sure will cause lots of heated debate. I only hope the game’s players will have as much fun bashing up ‘D. Boy’ as I will putting a beating on Dereck Chisora come July 14.”

The Haye and Chisora (15-3-0, 9ko) rivalry is a recent one as the animosity stems from a post-fight press conference between Del Boy and Vitali Klitschko that Haye attended and was ultimately dragged into a notorious brawl with Chisora. Haye was seen – on photograph and on film – punching Dereck whilst clasping a glass bottle.

The high-profile bout between the two Britons has gone down well with the public as 17,000 tickets were sold on day one alone, however, it has polarised the industry. The British Boxing Board of Control have lambasted the organisers and the event’s participants for the July 14 show while the German Boxing Board too have expressed regret over the show. To obtain licensing, promoter Frank Warren had to appeal to the Luxembourg Board.

The victor on fight night will receive the WBO and WBA intercontinental heavyweight titles.

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