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Haye vows to hammer Chisora in grudge match

By Paul Hirst

David Haye claims Dereck Chisora has got “a few screws loose” after agreeing to a controversial grudge match against the unpredictable British heavyweight.

After a week of speculation, it was confirmed that Haye and Chisora will fight at Upton Park on July 14.

The pair sparked outrage by brawling after Chisora's world heavyweight title defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February.

Glass bottles, tripods and punches flew in the scrap and it was clear that there is still a deep-rooted animosity between Chisora and Haye as they traded insults over a seven-foot steel fence that separated them when they met at a press conference to promote their fight at West Ham's ground.

“This is definitely personal,” said Haye.

“We genuinely don't like each other. He has threatened to break my jaw and to slap me.

“This fight is about eradicating boxing of an idiot. I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn't he would be blasted out in the first round. I will give him a nice, slow beating.”

Chisora's antics before the February 18 fight in Germany also caused outrage, with the Londoner slapping Vitali at the weigh-in and spitting water over his brother Wladimir prior to the bout.

Chisora was stripped of his licence, meaning organisers had to have his next fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg boxing federation.

Chisora has a history of troubles both inside and out of the ring. He has convictions for assaulting his girlfriend, carrying an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

The 28-year-old has also kissed an opponent during a weigh-in and bit another in the ring, prompting Haye to question his state of mind.

“I truly believe he has a screw loose, a few screws loose actually,” said Haye, who is coming out of retirement following his points defeat to Wladimir last July.

For that reason, Haye insists there will be separate weigh-ins for both fighters.

“The head-to-head weigh-in is off the cards,” the 31-year-old added. “It's not happening because it will kick off.

“At no stage do I want to be in this guy's personal space because we have done that before and it didn't end up nicely.

“If there wasn't a fence there today I know for a fact that he would have tried to do something.”

Chisora, wearing the same Union Jack face mask he donned when slapping Klitschko, hit back at his opponent.

“He doesn't wind me up,” Chisora said.

Meanwhile, the rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson on 19 May in Las Vegas is in jeopardy, after revelations that Peterson had failed a routine pre-fight drug test. There are negotiations going on between the rival camps in a desperate attempt to salvage the fight.

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