Chisora’s fight al­most done

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DAVID HAYE ex­pects the heavy­weight boxing re­match be­tween Zim­babwe-born Dereck Chisora and Dil­lian Whyte to be con­firmed early this week.

“Hayemaker” be­came “Del Boy’s” man­ager just over a week ago and went straight into ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ed­die Hearn over the sec­ond clash be­tween the Lon­don heavy­weight ri­vals.

Hearn is cur­rently out in New York for Daniel Ja­cob’s world mid­dleweight ti­tle fight but Haye says the re­match is “90 per cent” done.

“That’s the fight we’re work­ing on and we’re 90 per cent there,” Haye told Chan­nel 5.

“All of the ma­jor stum­bling blocks re­gard­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions have been passed and we are in a very good place.”

“Hope­fully we are just dot­ting the I’s and cross­ing the T’s early (this) week and fin­gers crossed, we can get the fight that ev­ery­one wants to see.”

Whyte has al­ready warned Chisora “there is a mas­sive dan­ger he will miss out on a ca­reer high­est pay day”, only to be told “the puppy” shouldn’t be wor­ried.

Chisora in­sists his heavy­weight re­match with Whyte is “go­ing to hap­pen” and ex­pects to fi­nally agree terms this week.

Whyte won their first meet­ing by split de­ci­sion in De­cem­ber 2016 but had raised doubts about a sec­ond fight with Chisora at The O2 on De­cem­ber 22, in­sist­ing there was a “mas­sive dan­ger” of his Bri­tish ri­val miss­ing out on a lu­cra­tive bout.

But Finch­ley man Chisora, now man­aged by Haye, is still con­fi­dent the lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions will be con­cluded in the next few days.

“We want to fight Dil­lian. It’s go­ing to hap­pen,” Chisora told Sky Sports. “Why is it not go­ing to hap­pen?

“It will be an­nounced when [pro­moter Ed­die Hearn] comes back from Amer­ica, I think. Talks are go­ing well.

“We’re just wait­ing for Ed­die to come back from Amer­ica. He’s in Amer­ica and he’ll be back on Mon­day.”

Whyte had sug­gested the deal was get­ting “worse”, warn­ing Chisora that he would look at other op­tions, and had en­tered talks with Do­minic Breazeale.

Chisora was not con­cerned by Whyte’s com­ments, say­ing: “Oh man, tell the puppy not to worry. The fight is hap­pen­ing on the De­cem­ber 22.”

Talks had in­ten­si­fied since July when Chisora en­joyed a ca­reer-best knock­out win against Car­los Takam on the same night as Whyte over­came Joseph Parker.

Chisora has since named Haye, a for­mer ri­val to whom he lost a fight in 2012, as his man­ager. — SkyS­port

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