Chisora and Haye announce split

Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora and opponent-turned-manager David Haye have announced they have amicably parted ways.

Chisora has lost his last two fights on the cards against Oleksandr Usyk and most recently Joseph Parker in May. The North Londoner will now seek a new direction as he chases a rematch with Kiwi contender Parker.

The duo had forged a lucrative partnership since October 2018 with the dogged Chisora engaging in some high-profile heavyweight encounters. Former WBA heavyweight king and unified cruiserweight champion Haye had previously stopped Chisora in a grudge match in 2012 before their unlikely union.

“It’s been an action-packed couple of years, getting Dereck back in the mix of the heavyweight division, taking him from ‘Del Boy’ to ‘WAR’ mode,” said Haye in a statement.

“When we announced our unlikely partnership we pledged to give fight fans the big nights of heavyweight clashes they have called out for and that I believe we have achieved

“Whilst I will no longer be managing Dereck, I will naturally continue to follow and support his career with great interest.

“The UK remains at the epicentre of the heavyweight division and Dereck stands ready to go toe-to-toe with them all. 2021 is looking very exciting for him with a number of options available.”

Chisora added: “Everyone close to me thought I was crazy when I told them I wanted David to manage me, but in the last two-and-a-half years my performances in the ring have spoken for themselves.

“Giving fight fans the battles they wanted to see even when Covid put a handbrake on everything. I may have been robbed against both Usyk and Parker but have developed as a fighter. 2021 is looking very interesting, I am back in camp, ready to go this autumn. It’s time for WAR.

“I would like to thank David for his support (at times patience…) and guidance during our time working together.”