On a pulsating night at a packed-out Upton Park, David "Hayemaker" Haye used his pace and guile to overwhelm Dereck Chisora, scoring a fifth round TKO. The crowd was littered with celebrity names such as tennis ace Andy Murray and former snooker World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Befitting the magnitude of the fight, legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer was on hand to welcome both Dereck Chisora and David Haye to do battle in a rainy Upton Park ring.
Chisora did start brightly, landing some eye-catching shots early on and showing the strength of his chin. But Haye always looked the more composed fighter, soaking up the early pressure well and firing in behind some strong jabs.
There were fireworks at the end of the third round as Chisora, roared on by an electric West Ham crowd, landed some shots after the bell, leading to the two men exchanging words in the centre of the ring.
Haye came out looking more determined in the fourth, pushing Chisora back onto the ropes and looking like he could end it early.
And he followed up on that potential in the following round as he dropped Chisora once before putting him on the canvas for a second time. Chisora did make it back to his feet, but referee Luis Pabon was forced to wave the contest off to hand Haye a dramatic win.
On Wednesday July 11th, Haye and Chisora went head to head for one last press conference. Naturally, tensions were running high.
Dereck Chisora: "Oi pretty boy; look at me."
David Haye: "You'll be looking down my fist."
David Haye: "If you think he's a real heavyweight because he's
got a gut then congratulations, he's a big heavyweight."
Dereck Chisora: "You need to think of better punchlines."
When the two fighters met for a head to head at a June 12 press conference, with just over a month until the big fight, the tensions were rising!
David Haye and Dereck Chisora will settle their differences in the ring after their press conference brawl in February LIVE from Upton Park, West Ham, London on BoxNationTV.
The two men will meet on July 14th in one of the most eagerly anticipated all-British fights in recent years!
On May 18th, it was confirmed that the two Londoners would fight for the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championships in a fight being billed "Licensed to Thrill".
Haye and Chisora were at the centre of a memorable press conference brawl in the hours after Chisora had lost to Vitali Klitschko.
Former World Heavyweight champion Haye disrupted the media event, causing Chisora to depart the stage and engage in a messy brawl before hundreds of assembled media figures.
And so the stage was set, as their rivalry will now be ended in the ring live on BoxNation.
David "Hayemaker" Haye has been one of Britain's stand out fighters over the last decade. He first dominated the cruiserweight division, unifying the WBA, WBO and WBC titles with a pulsating second round TKO over Enzo Maccarinelli in 2008 before moving up to heavyweight.
He defeated man mountain Nikolay Valuev to secure the WBA World Heavyweight Championship in 2009 before successful TKO defences against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison.
The Bermondsey fighter's most recent bout was a memorable, but unsuccessful, unification bout against Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011. In the aftermath of the fight, Haye announced his retirement from the sport.
Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora has stepped into the limelight, perhaps for the wrong reasons, in the last year. The Zimbabwe-born, London-based heavyweight has a 15 - 3 record, losing three of his last four bouts.
In his last outing, Chisora memorably lost against Vitali Klitschko as he attempted a WBC World Heavyweight Championship challenge LIVE on BoxNationTV from the Olympiahalle, Munich. The fight weekend was marred by a string of incidents, including Chisora spitting water in Vitali's brother Wladimir's face immediately prior to the fight, and the post-fight altercation he shared with David Haye.
14 July 2012, 19:00:00
Ireland's Gary O'Sullivan took a narrow, hard-earned win over Matthew Hall to win the vacant WBO International Middleweight Championship.
It was a difficult fight to call, both men fighting off the front foot and putting in a lot of hard graft on the inside. While not the most aesthetically pleasing bout, the judges ultimately recognised O'Sullivan as having put in more consistently clean work.
And this was reflected with a surprisingly wide margin on the scorecards, which all favoured the Cork-fighter. He won the fight 117 - 111, 115 - 114, 117 - 111.
The vacant WBO International Middleweight Championship will be on the line as one of Manchester's most popular fighters takes on the Cork-born Gary O'Sullivan.
Hall, 28, will enter the ring with a 25 - 5 record, while his unbeaten opponent is 14 - 0.