No real title on the line, but this fight is creating more interest than most heavyweight bouts have recently.
David Haye ranks #12 in our latest Top 100 while Chisora has fallen out based on his three recent defeats. Despite those, his losses have been to the #2, #4, and #5 fighters. The fight is only a 10-rounder.
- Round One: Early left hand by Chisora connects as both start in frenetic manner by little result. Chisora trying to crowd Haye, Haye staying active to avoid that. Chisora working the jab conservatively, both tying up. Now Chisora throws a few bombs but misses. Haye more active but Chisora probably wins the round on ring control and only decent shot. Chisora 10-9.
- Round Two: Haye staying very busy, Chisora showing a lot of head movement. Haye connects with a solid right cross with 1 minute gone. Haye with his hands down now, looking for openings. Haye preventing Chisora's forward movement with swipes and jabs. Chisora not unloading as much but he unleashes a downward windmill that misses but gets him a warming from the ref. Infighting and tangled up, Chisora chops the top of Haye's head. Some swinging after the bell. Haye's round. 19-19
- Round Three: Chisora gets Haye in the corner, Haye ties him up. Haye picking off shots where he can in between Chisora's advances. Good combo from Haye as Chisora covers up. The two have been very active but scoring hasn't been frequent. Haye with hands low again, depending on his speed to dodge and pre-emptive punching. Good uppercut while infighting from Haye pops Chisora's head up and back. Chisora connects and Haye fights back well, then after the bell (which neither fighter heard) Chisora connects with his best shot of the night and rocked Haye (as it turns out the round was stopped prematurely, which is why the bell never sounded). Haye's round 29-28.
- Round Four: Haye showing anger from late shot, hard to tell if he was affected. Haye is looking more conservative, until Chisora rocks him again, Haye returns fire very well! Now Chisora on the ropes, looks a bit stunned. But after a bit he turns the tables and tags Haye. Haye springs into range and lands a solid punch. Great action this round, back and forth, hard to tell who has been affected more. Haye still springing around though. Two are tied up late and when separated, Haye gets in a few more minor shots. Haye had the better, longer combinations in a fairly even round. Haye 39-37.
- Round Five: Chisora backing Haye up again, mostly missing in the corner and against the ropes. Huge swings from Chisora and Haye miss; great straight right from Haye, then he ducks Chisora's return fire. Another right, and another duck. Infighting again, Chisora scores an uppercut. Haye takes another shot against the ropes; two waltz again and infight. Combination from Haye sends Chisora to the canvas! Chisora gets up and the two exchange in a huge flurry; Chisora down again from another combo late! Chisora gets up but fight is stopped in the fifth round. David Haye wins by 5th round TKO with no time (officially 1 second) left in the round.
Analysis: Impressive return to form for David Haye. Chisora has lost several times recently, but he was terribly out of shape vs. Tyson Fury, went the distance with Vitali Klitschko, and most people think he beat Robert Helenius. Haye left no doubt with this one, outboxing Chisora throughout and put on a clinic at the end with his speed and power. Haye will be back in our top ten in the next rankings.
Chisora probably needs to fight somebody who is not in the top ten, to get a win under his belt again. He's severely underrated in our Top 100 due to his string of losses, but he can get right back in it with a quality win. Such is boxing; you're always considered better than last guy you've defeated.