David Haye was just too much for Dereck Chisora, but the performance doesn't warrant a shot at either Klitschko brother—at least not yet.
Haye had his shot at one of the mighty Ukrainian brothers when he performed terribly against Wladimir last July. That performance was a disgrace, and even this impressive KO win over Del Boy doesn't erase that from our memories.
Chisora is not an elite heavyweight. Ever since he has bumped up his level of competition he has fallen flat.
He's lost four of his last five fights to the men with bigger names (Haye, Vitali, Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius) in a shabby heavyweight division. It'll take a win over a more highly-regarded fighter for me to buy Haye as a legit challenger for either Klitschko.
To Haye's credit, he was in marvelous shape. It didn't look as if he had an ounce of fat on him.
Where would you rank Haye amongst current heavyweights?
He looked quick, elusive and powerful. He boxed and moved well enough as to not expose his questionable chin. But he proved he certainly had the power to drop a legitimate heavyweight.
Even though Chisora outweighed Haye by 37 pounds, you couldn't tell during the clinches, and it certainly wasn't apparent as Chisora fell to the canvas like a ton of bricks.
Del Boy has a solid chin—after all, he did battle Vitali to a lopsided decision loss—but at least he finished on his feet.
I expect to hear Haye use that fact as a driving point behind gaining a shot at Vitali. It would be hard to see him in against Wladimir again anytime soon. He's already lost to him, and a rematch would be a very difficult sell.
In a perfect boxing world Haye would probably take on the winner of the Alexander Povetkin-Hasim Rahman bout, and possibly one other fight before he got another shot at either Klitschko brother.
But we all know the boxing world is far from perfect, so we'll see what happens.
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