By Rob Dore | boxing comment
Either Danny Dyer is the greatest character actor to ever tread the boards or, as the innumerable comments on YouTube so vehemently claim, he is a massive bell-end. Either way his association with this particular production is not out of place.
Faux tough guy Dyer has been called in to do some promoting work for the shambles that is the David Haye v Dereck Chisora heavyweight fight. It’s an over-hyped, pointless affair for which boxing fans have little appetite. Much like one of Mr Dyer’s films.
His appearance in the above video makes us even more suspicious that this fight, on July 14 at Upton Park, is one massive joke we’re just not getting yet. Perhaps the fight itself will provide the punchline. Pun intended.
So ludicrous is the entire affair that even the initial brawl which led to David Haye postponing his retirement to take on his new enemy Dereck Chisora feels like a badly orchestrated set-up.
We’re now less than two weeks away from a fight which is heavy on controversy but light on significance. The build-up is likely to be the most entertaining aspect.
David Haye has spent the last four years talking himself in to big money fights. Claiming to be the next big thing in the heavyweight division. Promising to shake-up the division and take-down the dominating Klitschkos. He did neither.
What he did do was to make a lot of money for himself, sacrificing the excellent reputation he had earned in becoming the world’s top cruiserweight by becoming a novelty attraction in the heavyweight division.
This fight makes sense for Haye, if not the fans
In the four years since his final cruiserweight win, a multi-belt winning KO of Enzo Macarinelli, Haye has beaten two over-the-hill pros (John Ruiz and Monte Barrett), he danced his way to victory over a lumbering giant (Nikolai Valuev) and he stopped Audley ‘A-Farce’ Harrison.
This was enough to get him a shot against the lesser of the Klitschkos, Wladimir, in July of last year. He proceeded to do his best to avoid fighting for 12 rounds and then bitched and moaned about a sore toe being the cause of his terrible performance. From that point on his legitimacy as a top heavyweight has taken a bashing and now he’s trying to cash in on the last drop of credibility he has left.
“I would give David some advice – don’t say anything right now, like you have a broken toe and couldn’t compete. You’d be called a sore loser. It wouldn’t look good,” said Wladimir Klitschko after beating David Haye and his broken toe.
Fighting a domestic rival with just 18 professional fights to his name may not pay as well as getting in to the ring with Vitali Klitschko but it’ll hurt a whole lot less. And Haye actually has a chance of winning this one. From Haye’s point of view this fight makes sense. Chisora did look better in his loss to Vitali than Haye did against Wladimir so it’s not without risk for the Haye-Maker.
The fact that both fighters are banned by the British Boxing Board of Control for their brawl simply adds to the circus. The rules were simply circumvented by getting licenses from Luxembourg’s ruling body, that bastion of pugilistic excellence.
Britain’s ruling body doesn’t want this fight to take place and the vast majority of the fans don’t really care. As big a boxing addict as I am I certainly won’t be shelling out the fee for the pay per view on this fight. However, I probably will find it online somewhere and watch it for free. I’ll go down in my own estimations for doing so but habits need to be fed, even with the most unworthy of fare.