Dereck Chisora is the major underdog today in Munich. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
David Haye doesn't seem to think that fellow Brit Dereck Chisora has much chance in a few hours against Vitali Klitschko, saying that "Del Boy" might be able to win if Klitschko comes down with an injury:
"These guys are monsters, 6'8 or 6'9 and the grab a hold of you and put their weight on you and it's a lot of weight going through your system. It will be very tough for Chisora, but Vitali is 40 years of age. He has well documented problems with his knees. So you never know if Vitali ruptures his knee or dislocates his shoulder - [Chisora] might have a chance."
Well there's a ringing endorsement if ever I've read one. This also begs for the world's nine millionth crappy "David Haye's toe" joke, but let's not.
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Chisora (15-2, 9 KO) is getting a lot of comparisons to Buster Douglas thrown his way. I'm going to say something, and it probably won't come off how I mean, but it's going to be a long day and I'm quite tired, so whatever: Putting Klitschko vs Chisora on level with Tyson vs Douglas just doesn't quite seem right. You've got to be a serious fanatic to envision this fight being along those lines, I believe.
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I do expect a better-than-normal fight today, as I've said many times. But Douglas had operated on the world stage before. Chisora's best opponent has been Robert Helenius, whose best win is, what, Siarhei Liakhovich? It was a good fight, and Chisora was robbed, but this is just such a tall order. I dare say that Vitali in 2012, even at 40, and even not being a marketing phenom, is more dominant over his peer group than Tyson was by 1990. Is Chisora in Douglas' league, comparatively? It's debatable, I feel, and I think I learn toward "no."
But we'll see today. I'm genuinely excited to see this guy take his crack.