Klitschko vs. Chisora: Brawl Following Title Fight Just What Boxing Needed

Shawn MullerContributor IIFebruary 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  Dereck Chisora of England during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel on January 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Be honest:  Prior to the heavyweight title fight between champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora this past weekend, you didn't didn't care about professional boxing, let alone heavyweight boxing.

The sport has taken a back seat to mixed martial arts.  

One reason for this is because the two biggest names in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, don't appear to be any closer to fighting.  

The other reason is because of the lack of excitement in the heavyweight division.

There are no more Mike Tyson's, Evander Holyfield's, or Lennox Lewis's.  Gone are the days of the "Thrilla in Manila" and James "Buster" Douglas beating a seemingly indestructible "Iron" Mike Tyson in the Tokyo Dome.

All we have now are the aforementioned Vitali Klitschko (who is 40 years of age), his brother Wladimir, and a bunch of other guys.

That was until Saturday night. 

Something big needed to happen.  

Something that would put the sport on the front page like Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier used to do.

Enter the feud between Dereck Chisora and fellow heavyweight David Haye.

In an effort to goad the champion Klitschko into a title match, David Haye interrupted the post-fight interview.  

Chisora, who took offense to Haye calling him out for losing his three previous matches, left the stage and confronted Haye.  Haye then proceeded to nail Chisora with a right hook to the face before security and Chisora's crew tried to separate the two.

As the melee continued, Haye swung a camera tri-pod in Chisora's direction, prompting Chisora challenge Haye to a fight in the ring back in England, and if he didn't accept the challenge, he would, "shoot and burn him."

While Chisora has since apologized for his actions, everyone in the sport of boxing should be thanking him whole-heartedly.

Boxing needed this.  

Especially heavyweight boxing.

I am not saying I condone the actions of these two fighters, but the sport has gone so stale over the past decade or so that no one cared anymore.

In order for the sport to capitalize on the attention, it is imperative that Dereck Chisora and David Haye meet in the ring sooner rather than later.  Being from England, neither boxer is an established name in the United States like Lennox Lewis was during his prime.

If a bout does become scheduled, it has to take place in the United States.  If it occurs overseas, then all of the interest generated state side over the past couple of days will have been for naught.

Let me be clear about one thing: I am not saying that either Chisora or Haye are the next Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield inside the squared-circle, but they are the hottest names in the sport right now in the heavyweight division.

They may not be champions, but they are responsible for putting boxing back on the front page when others have failed to do so.

Americans love a good rivalry.  

Ohio State vs. Michigan.

Auburn vs. Alabama.  

The Hatfield's and McCoy's.

Dereck Chisora and David Haye.

Anytime pure hatred for an opponent can be seen, we want to watch because you never know what is going to happen.

Honestly, who doesn't want to see these two men get in the ring now?

I sure do.  

When was the last time you heard somebody say that about heavyweight boxing?