LONDON. — David Haye expects the heavyweight boxing rematch between Zimbabwe-born Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte to be confirmed early this week.
“Hayemaker” became “Del Boy’s” manager just over a week ago and went straight into negotiations with Eddie Hearn over the second clash between the London heavyweight rivals.
Hearn is currently out in New York for Daniel Jacob’s world middleweight title fight but Haye says the rematch is “90 per cent” done.
“That’s the fight we’re working on and we’re 90 per cent there,” Haye told Channel 5.
“All of the major stumbling blocks regarding negotiations have been passed and we are in a very good place.”
“Hopefully we are just dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s early (this) week and fingers crossed, we can get the fight that everyone wants to see.”
Whyte has already warned Chisora “there is a massive danger he will miss out on a career highest pay day”, only to be told “the puppy” shouldn’t be worried.
Chisora insists his heavyweight rematch with Whyte is “going to happen” and expects to finally agree terms this week.
Whyte won their first meeting by split decision in December 2016 but had raised doubts about a second fight with Chisora at The O2 on December 22, insisting there was a “massive danger” of his British rival missing out on a lucrative bout.
But Finchley man Chisora, now managed by Haye, is still confident the lengthy negotiations will be concluded in the next few days.
“We want to fight Dillian. It’s going to happen,” Chisora told Sky Sports. “Why is it not going to happen?
“It will be announced when (promoter Eddie Hearn) comes back from America, I think. Talks are going well.
“We’re just waiting for Eddie to come back from America. He’s in America and he’ll be back on Monday.”
Whyte had suggested the deal was getting “worse”, warning Chisora that he would look at other options, and had entered talks with Dominic Breazeale.
Chisora was not concerned by Whyte’s comments, saying: “Oh man, tell the puppy not to worry. The fight is happening on the December 22.”
Talks had intensified since July when Chisora enjoyed a career-best knock-out win against Carlos Takam on the same night as Whyte overcame Joseph Parker.
Chisora has since named Haye, a former rival to whom he lost a fight in 2012, as his manager.