Why David Haye and Dereck Chisora's Brawl Is Just What Boxing Needed
When I saw news flash across the ESPN bottom line that Dereck Chisora got into a brawl with former Heavyweight title holder David Haye at the press conference following his defeat to Vitali Klitschko, I thought what everyone else did. I need to see this on YouTube as soon as possible to see what went down in Germany.
Now I don't condone what happened at the press conference on Saturday in Germany, when Chisora mocked and later confronted David Haye, causing Haye to throw a punch and begin a nasty brawl, but I have to admit, it was entertaining and wild to watch.
Should two grown men engage in a fight in front of hundreds of cameras? No.
Should Chisora have threatened to "shoot" Haye? Absolutely not, it was an awful and stupid thing to say. But it is good for the sport of boxing, despite being a completely wrong, and illegal occurrence.
Before the fight, Chisora smacked Vitali Klitschko in the face, and spit in his brother Wladimir's face in the ring as well. These events, along with the Haye brawl, have drummed up interest in the Heavyweight division that previously wasn't there.
Did anyone know his name in the United States before this weekend?
Outside of hardcore boxing fans, the answer is no. David Haye was semi-known, but now is an overnight YouTube sensation along with Chisora.
I can't remember the last time I saw a Heavyweight fight, let alone one that took place in Europe covered on SportsCenter. The actions of Haye and Chisora, which I'll reiterate were totally inappropriate, stirred up controversy, which in the sport of boxing is always good for business and exposure.
Haye and Chisora were featured on mainstream nationally televised US news networks as well, when is the last time two European Heavyweights could say that?
Now all of a sudden, due to the mass controversy and media coverage their brawl has generated, both are relevant names. If they decide to fight each other, I guarantee HBO or Showtime will have interest, when a week ago they would have passed on the fight in a second.
Heavyweight boxing has been stagnant over the past several years to say the least, but perhaps this is the shot in the arm the Heavyweight division needed. Haye and Chisora have caused us to care, at least in the short term, about the boxing scene at Heavyweight.
Despite the awful reasons behind it, interest in Heavyweight fights is what the main calling card was for fans of the sweet science for decades. I hope Haye and Chisora stage a fight, because after what happened Saturday in Germany, it will be one for the ages, and one that people will have genuine interest in all over the world, no matter where it takes place.
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