The move came as a shock as the two heavyweights were once constantly at each other’s throats
Dereck Chisora has named David Haye, the man who once ‘glassed’ him during a press conference, as his new manager.
The two heavyweights were fierce opponents and in 2012 met at West Ham’s Upton Park stadium in an all-British showdown.
Haye won the fight, but having since retired from the ring, will now act on behalf of his one-time rival as negotiations continue over a Chisora rematch against Dillian Whyte on December 22.
“This is a project. A tough project, and one that I had to think long and hard about,” Haye said.
“I had to think: ‘do I want this task?’ No disrespect but Dereck is not the easiest to work with. I am positive he can get results.
“He hasn’t fulfilled his potential yet. Imagine if he goes into a fight in prime condition. Imagine if he stands on the scales and you see someone that you’ve never seen before. He needs his food cooked, to rest during the day, to be in a real camp. Give it nine or 10 weeks and you will see something special.”
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On approaching Haye, Chisora, whose most recent fight was the win against Carlos Takam, revealed the pair discussed the partnership over lunch.
“We spoke,” said Del Boy.” He played hard to get! He said: ‘let me think about it’ but he was already hooked.
“He said: ‘let’s do it’. Every time I have lost, I have rebuilt myself. I saw how David did it for himself and I want to do it myself.”