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Chisora wants Harrison fight
British champion vows to step in if Haye refuses fight
Posted Aug 31, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up
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Reigning British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora has vowed to step in and fight Audley Harrison should WBA champion David Haye decide against a match with the Olympic gold medallist.
Harrison called Haye out last week for a bout in November in Manchester but Haye is yet to confirm whether that fight will go ahead – despite Harrison claiming terms had been agreed.
As Haye has not responded, Chisora has stepped in saying: “Make up your mind. I’ll knock Harrison out if you can’t go it.”
Chisora, who claims the future of British boxing is in his hands not Harrison’s, has also claimed that Haye is running away from the Klitschko brothers “like a thief in the night” and reckons that if he comes toe-to-toe with Harrison he will “knock him spark out”.
Now does Chisora have the ability to back up his claims? Well time will tell. He faces Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton on 18th September as part of Frank Warren’s Magnificent Seven card at the LG Arena in Birmingham and this will no doubt prove if he in the future of British heavyweight boxing as he suggests. However, I’ll be backing Sexton on that card and I think he’ll have too much for Chisora as he looks to avenge the only defeat of his career that the Zimbabwe-born Brit inflicted on him at York Hall.
Meanwhile, WBC Super-middleweight champions Mikkel Kessler has withdrawn from the prestigious Super Six tournament because of an eye injury. He was due to fight American Allan Green next month.
The 31-year-old Dane beat Nottingham’s Carl Froch in April to take the world title and looked on course to face a rematch with the Englishman as both led the way for a semi-final spot in the competition.
Elsewhere, American Shannon Briggs has vowed to make reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko his 32nd first-round victim when they meet for the Ukranian’s belt on October 16th.
However, the 39-year-old Ukranian believes the only person who can beat him is he himself. He did declare, though, that the Briggs fight will “be an amazing, exciting fight, full of drama”.
Briggs, 38, has 51 wins from 58 fights and has held the WBO crown previously. Klitschko boasts 40 wins from 42 fights and is a two-time world champion.