David Haye Exclusive: Chisora can win a 'fast and furious' encounter with Whyte
Betfair Ambassador David Haye has been impressed with Dereck Chisora's training camp and believes the Hayemaker Boxing man can cause a shock against odds-on favourite Dillian Whyte on Saturday...
"My predictions? One thing is for sure is that it's going to be a very, very exciting fight, but I'll take Chisora to win with a late stoppage, in rounds 9-12 (13/1 on Betfair). He'll be bringing weapons Whyte has not seen before."
Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora
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Lived like a professional
Dereck is as fit as he's ever been for a fight; he's put his whole life on hold in terms of social commitments and lived like a professional.
I'm not sure he can claim that's been the case for previous fights, where he'd often be spotted out and about in the run-up - he's knocked all that on the head this time around and concentrated on working hard.
Right the wrongs
It was a split decision last time these two fought and plenty of people thought Dereck should have won - so he wants to right those wrongs. It's probably fair to say he ran out of steam a bit in the second half of the fight, but he's been working hard this camp to improve the stamina and rewrite the ending of Whyte vs Chisora.
I wasn't witness to Derek's camp ahead of their first epic battle but I understand he wasn't training with the right intensity. You have to behave like a consummate professional both inside and outside the ring in order to be 12 round fit. This time but he's been training explosively, doing everything hard to make sure he's in peak condition.
Fast and furious
The last time Whyte and Chisora stepped in the ring together it was an absolute barn stormer, being credited the fight of the year! I'm expecting it to be another fast and furious encounter - and that will suit Chisora. Whyte would like it to be a slow-paced fight so he can take advantage of his height and reach, but it's Dereck's job to make sure it's not a jab-fest..
How do we prepare for that? It's not that easy to get people in who want to get slugged! But we have had good sparring partners to help Derek get ready for the fight we want him to have.
Understand why Whyte is favourite
Whyte is strong favourite at 3/10 on Betfair (Chisora is 11/4) and I can definitely understand why. The oddsmakers can only go on what they have seen and Dereck's last few years haven't been great - even his win against Takam came when he was losing on the cards.
Whyte, meanwhile, has been winning fights and looking good. He beat the previously undefeated Joseph Parker and knocked him down - something Anthony Joshua couldn't do - and has only been beaten by AJ.
But the bookies haven't seen what I've seen and that is Chisora's preparation - he's twice as fit as he's ever been.
Late stoppage for WAR Chisora
We haven't been necessarily focusing on perceived 'weaknesses' in Whyte's game, he does a lot of good things and does them well so it's a case of looking at what he's relied on in the past and focusing on them. Then it's up to Dereck to take that into the ring.
My predictions? One thing is for sure is that it's going to be a very, very exciting fight, but I'll take Chisora to win with a late stoppage, in rounds 9-12 (13/1 on Betfair). He'll be bringing weapons Whyte has not seen before.
We are fully focused on this fight and not making any plans but Eddie Hearn says the winner here will be third in line to fight Joshua, after Wilder and Fury, so that's a good place to be.