Haye v Chisora ‘great’ to Steve Bunce

Boxing pundit Steve Bunce today insisted it "beggars belief" that David Haye versus Dereck Chisora can be called anything other than "a great fight."

Boxing pundit Steve Bunce today insisted it "beggars belief" that David Haye versus Dereck Chisora can be called anything other than "a great fight."

Bunce, who lives in Lichfield, will have one of the best seats in the house at West Ham's Upton Park on Saturday night as a commentator for BoxNation.

Controversy has reigned ever since the two fighters first clashed violently at a press conference after Chisora's loss to Vitali Klitschko in February.

The British Boxing Board of Control were keen to act, Haye was retired so had no British licence while Chisora had his withdrawn by the BBBfC.

The two will settle their differences in the ring without the consent of the board but Bunce insists there's nothing wrong with the contest.

He said: "It's going to be a big event and, contrary to public myth and what has been reported, it's a fully legal fight.

"There's nothing illegal about it, it's a terrific fight on every single level, two British heavyweights at their peak.

"Forget the fact that Haye retired last year, he's still a baby at 31 and a year ago was going the distance with a Klitschko.

"Dereck Chisora, just a few months ago, did the same and gave Vitali his hardest fight since Lennox Lewis 10 years ago.

"It will be shown in 60 different countries in front of 30,000 people and yet some will tell you it isn't a good fight, it beggars belief."

The ugly scenes in Germany that started the feud began when Haye burst into the room to call out long-standing target Vitali Klitschko.

Haye had lost his WBA 'super' world crown to Wladimir Klitschko the summer before and then announced his retirement in the winter.

Chisora took offence and confronted Haye which led to a wild melee which gained widespread media attention and a subsequent fight.

Promoter Frank Warren revealed ticket sales had pushed the 30,000 mark this week and Upton Park will be close to capacity.

And Bunce compared Haye and Chisora's "crime" to Lennox Lewis' pre-fight rumble with Mike Tyson before Lewis' famous win a decade ago.

Bunce said: "Let's get it right, it was Haye who threw first an elbow, a punch and then two more elbows. Chisora didn't throw a punch.

"Then again, Lewis sucker punched Tyson, Tyson bit his leg and they were selling it as the biggest fight ever! What is the worst incident?

"A man not throwing a punch during a fight or a man sucker punching the most famous and notorious heavyweight of the last 50 years?

"Everybody seems to love Haye and everybody seems to hate Chisora, just because Dereck spat in Wladimir's face."