I’m happy to sit back and watch the young lions do the heavyweight division proud
David Haye on the heavyweights
IHAVEN’T thought about making a comeback in any way shape or form. I watched Oleksandr Usyk beat Tony Bellew and Bellew fought better than he did against me, so I know I can’t mix it with these guys anymore.
I’m at peace with the fact that I couldn’t have done anymore with this body I’ve got, this shell of a body. I did everything this would allow me to do. It couldn’t have trained any harder. It’s not like I missed a couple of sessions here and there, I put everything into it. I put my whole life on hold and did everything I could to give myself the best chance.
When you fall short, having given 100 per cent, there’s nothing more you can do. That was the end of it. I’m happy knowing I had nothing left to give.
I’m enjoying watching the younger guys coming through and doing their thing. There was Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury recently, and I know these guys are going to get so much better than what they showed on December 1. I could see mistakes on both sides and I know both of them are going to keep improving. Look at Anthony Joshua against Alexander Povetkin too.
None of these guys are the finished article yet. They have such potential to go on to be great, all of them have. The heavyweight division is in such a good place because of that. You can put them all in with each other and nobody really knows what will happen.
I’m happy just to watch. I can’t mix with these young lions.
I just watched back the first Dillian Whyte-dereck Chisora fight and it gave me a headache just watching it. You see fighters with a great chin and they both have that. You can compare them to a tree that stands tall, yet you don’t know when one of them is going to have a huge chip taken out of them and they fall. Both fighters have taken a lot of punishment.
Look at Dillian in his last fight against Joseph Parker. He was out on his feet in the last round. Chisora was out for most of the fight against Carlos Takam. Add their first fight to all of that and you wonder how much more they can take.
When the chin goes, it goes. I know what’s it like. I couldn’t take a shot in my last fight like I could a few years prior to that.
But as fighters we relish the challenge. I couldn’t wait to get back in there with Bellew. Don’t get me wrong, the fight itself can be an ordeal, it can be a nightmare, but then the dust settles and you want to go again. I’ve spoken to women who have been through the pain of childbirth. The pain goes and then they can’t wait to have their next child. The pain of a fight goes. You read the press clippings, you look back on the fight on Youtube, and then you want to do it again. The headaches, the pain, it all heals up. So I understand why Chisora and Whyte are chomping at the bit to get in there and do it again.
People might watch and think, ‘Why would you want to do that again?’ But these guys are warriors, they’re fighters and this is what they were made to do.
For Dereck, he knows he has to win convincingly. You won’t hear him calling out any of the world champions until he has done that, until he has proved he deserves it. He wants a knockout because he knows that it would put his name up there as the most deserving challenger in the division. He’s aware of this, and he hasn’t even talked about Christmas or New Year, he’s talked only about this fight.
‘WHEN THE CHIN GOES, IT GOES. I COULDN’T TAKE A SHOT IN MY LAST FIGHT’
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