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Fri Apr 25 04:36:54 SAST 2014

Haye not interested in Chisora fight

Sapa-AFP | 21 February, 2012 14:480 Comments
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (R) of Britain and compatriot Dereck Chisora confront each other before a brawl during a news conference following the WBC heavyweight bout between Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and Chisora in Munich February 18, 2012. Haye and Chisora got into an argument during the news conference which resulted in a physical fight. Adam Booth (C), manager of Haye, suffered a slight facial injury. Chisora, who had slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in on Friday and also spat water into his brother Vladimir's face during the pre-fight ceremonies
Image by: Action Images/Andrew Couldridge / REUTERS

David Haye’s trainer insisted on Tuesday his fighter was not interested in a bout against Dereck Chisora depite the two British heavyweights’ brawl in Germany last weekend.

Both Haye and Chisora face an uncertain future with British boxing authorities mulling disciplinary action following their violent confrontation in the aftermath of Chisora’s bout with Vitali Klitschko on Saturday.

The brawl has triggered speculation about a possible grudge match between the two British fighters but Haye’s trainer Adam Booth said his fighter was not planning to come out of retirement.

“David is still retired, he has no plans to fight again,” Booth told Radio Five Live.

“He’s always said the only people he would come out (of retirement) to fight is one of the Klitschko brothers and what happened on Saturday night doesn’t change that one bit.” 

Police in Germany want to question Haye over his role in Saturday’s fracas, which left Booth nursing a nasty cut on his head while a furious Chisora accused Haye of striking him with a bottle.

Chisora has apologised for his role in the fight while Haye issued a statement offering to assist boxing authorities with their enquiries.

“I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career,” Chisora said in a statement.

“Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over, however this is of course no excuse.” 

Haye meanwhile acknowledged Saturday’s brawl was unprecedented.

“I realise I am no angel — and don’t mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing’s profile — but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas,” Haye said.

“If requested, I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will be implemented.” 

“It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been a part of what transpired on Saturday evening.” 

Chisora is due to face a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on March 14.

Haye no longer comes under the authority of the BBBC as he does not have a license but could only return to the sport with the board’s approval.

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