Dereck Chisora Claims David Haye Pulled a Knife on Him, Their Bout Announced

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 8:   David Haye(2ndL) and Dereck Chisora are separated by a fence as they face off during a press conference to announce a fight between David Haye Vs Dereck Chisora, to be held on the 14th July at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground, on May 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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If the match between controversial heavyweights Dereck Chisora and David Haye needed more fuel to the fire, Chisora's new claim, that Haye pulled a knife on him at a restaurant, will do just that, adding some serious hype to a heavyweight fight that does not include one of the Klitschko brothers.

According to Boxing Scene, Chisora said he was at a Restaurant in London when he saw Haye eating there, so he went over to him to confront him, to which Haye responded by pulling a knife on him.

Chisora said, "I saw David Haye a couple of weeks (ago) and he pulled a knife on me."

This shocking claim has been shrugged off by Haye, who seemingly offered an excuse to why there may have been a knife present.

Haye responded, "I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant."

If these alarming allegations are true or not, this will only help over-hype a heavyweight bout that probably won't be as good as advertised.

There was already a nice amount of hype hovering over a Chisora-Haye bout after their notorious melee that took place after Chisora lost to Vitali Klitschko back in February of this year.

Chisora (18-2, 15 KOs) and Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) exchanged verbal insults that escalated into a physical confrontation between Chisora and Haye's camps and made worldwide headlines, giving boxing yet another black eye.

With the fight officially set for a July 19 date in London, Haye has said he will get his revenge on Chisora by "inflicting a slow, concussive beating" according to Boxing Scene, and a fight that would be a fairly unknown to non-diehard boxing fans will be as big as any heavyweight fight in recent memory due to the disturbing behavior shown by both fighters.

This is not the way anyone would expect the heavyweight division to make its way back to the big stage, but at this point the struggling division will take the publicity anyway it can get it.