David Haye and Dereck Chisora both say that their feud has ended after Saturday's fight at Upton Park, where Haye scored a fifth round TKO win in front of a massive crowd at the football stadium.
"Whatever beef I had with Dereck before the fight is over now from my side and I hope it's vice versa. After sharing a ring with Dereck I have a new found respect for the man. I had respect for his boxing ability but I never believed he could be as good as he was tonight. He raised his game."
"The beef is over for me as well...now we can eat in the same restaurants and go in the same clubs. After the fight we made up. It was a great fight and everything is done. Now I'm £20,000 down, but a bet is a bet."
For those who may have missed it, the two made a £20,000 bet before the fight, that if either man was knocked out, he would have to pay up, with the money going to a charity of the other man's choosing.
As I said in the preview, in the end, it was really just another fight. It was one with great atmosphere, a lot of pre-fight controversy, and then it was just a standard fight in the ring. Khan-Garcia was dirtier than Haye-Chisora.
And now that it's over, we move on. Chisora (15-4, 9 KO) really needs to add something to his game, I feel, and he's got some time to do that. He's got a real fighter's mentality and can take some shots, but he's gotten very predictable. With plenty of video on him now, in fights against notable opponents, I think he's become really easy to prepare for, and needs to become more dynamic if he hopes to stay relevant in the division.
Haye (26-2, 24 KO) is back with a bang, whether or not BoxRec wants to acknowledge that this happened, and could do a lot, or he could slink off and wait around for something he wants again. That doofus Manuel Charr showed up to the post-fight press conference and was basically laughed out of the room by Haye and by the media, but I mean, I guess if Charr beats Vitali Klitschko, there's money in Haye-Charr. Charr-Haye. Whatever.
(Charr won't be beating Vitali Klitschko.)