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Lem's latest: Chisora vows knockout of 'drama queen' Haye
Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora is predicting a seventh-round knockout of ex-beltholder David Haye on Saturday night.
Chisora made his comment in the wake of Haye's failure to participate in Monday's planned national conference call with media members, which touted Saturday night's EPIX-televised clash at the West Ham Football Club's Boleyn Ground in London.
Although Haye (25-2, 23 knockouts) is returning to the ring for the first time since being dethroned as WBA titleholder by RING champion and IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in July of last year, the 31-year-old has a rivalry going with Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), who is coming off a spirited unanimous decision loss to WBC beltwinner Vitali Klitschko in February.
The only other losses for Chisora, 28, were against unbeaten fighters Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius by decisions in July and December of last year, respectively.
Haye had won 15 straight fights, 13 of them by stoppage, before falling to Klitschko. In his only other loss, back in September of 2004, Haye was stopped in the fifth round by journeyman Carl Thompson, who himself had been knocked out in five of his six losses.
"He's definitely getting knocked out," said Chisora. "He's going go down in round seven. Lucky seven."
CHISORA EMULATES JOE FRAZIER'S 'OLD-SCHOOL' STYLE
Having absorbed heavy blows from the hard-hitting Vitali Klitschko and gone the distance with Fury and Helenius, Chisora figures that he can take whatever Haye dishes out.
Chisora said he was hit the hardest in the third fight of his professional career by Darren Morgan, whom he defeated by four-round unanimous decision in October of 2007.
"Darren Morgan hit me so hard, I didn't even realize where I was," said Chisora. "It took me about two minutes to come back."
Since then, Chisora's style has been much more reflective of the late great Joe Frazier, a bobbing and weaving approach designed to avoid blows more than take them.
"I've learned that you can either ride the punches or you can meet them half-way. If you meet them half-way, then you can get hurt. So you have to go with it," said Chisora.
"The only shot Vitali hurt me with was a good body shot that had me winded in the third round. But in there with David Haye, we're not going to give him the opportunity to hit me."
Chisora says his fans "want to see a great fight."
"I like to bring that to the ring when I'm in there. I like to give it my all. I want to be tired. I want to push myself to the boundaries. The only thing that beat me against Klitschko was experience. Most my fans say that I'm a throwback," said Chisora.
"They say that I have an old-school style. They like that I come forward like Joe Frazier, and with that kind of style, you have to be fit and you have to train hard. My legs are always working. We like that style and we're going to try to improve on it."
GENNADY GOLOVKIN'S OPPONENT STILL UNCERTAIN
Banner Promotions still is in search of an opponent to face WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) on Aug. 25 in the wake of the recent back injury that forced WBO counterpart Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) to pull out of their HBO-televised clash.
The co-feature remains former WBO junior middleweight titleholder Sergei Dzinziruk (37-1, 24 KOs) against Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs), according to Joshua Roy, vice president of Banner Promotions.
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