‘He could be a legitimate mandatory challenger for a title’: David Haye backs Dereck Chisora to return to the big time should he beat David Price
- David Haye believes Dereck Chisora can challenge for a world heavyweight title
- A win over David Price at the O2 for Chisora may open up a return to the big time
- This could come after Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz on December 7
- The WBA, IBF, WBO or IBO belts may be relinquished in order to fight Wilder
David Haye believes Dereck Chisora can go on to a world heavyweight title challenge if he wins his KO shoot-out with David Price on Saturday night.
Haye, the former double world champion now managing Chisora, expects the confusion surrounding mandatory title defences to open a return path to the big time to whoever wins the big-punching battle which tops the undercard of the Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis world light-welterweight title unification fight at London’s O2.
The winner of Anthony Joshua’s December 7 Saudi Arabia rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr will hold the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts and is likely to relinquish at least one in favour of a huge unification fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
David Haye (L) believes Dereck Chisora (R) could challenge for a world heavyweight title soon
Haye eyes an opening for Chisora, who is on a winning run now despite nine earlier defeats on his record.
He says: ‘Dereck, or David, could end up with a world title shot soon because there are also fighters getting popped for drugs left, right and centre.
‘In boxing today, if you are in a good run of form and are selling plenty of tickets with fans eager to see you, you can get the call.
‘We are talking to a few of the governing bodies about this being a pathway to one of the titles that might become vacant after AJ and Ruiz do their dance, as there a lot of titles and mandatories to take care of.
The winner between Andy Ruiz (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) may vacate one of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in favour of a unification fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder
Chisora is set to face David Price (pictured) at the O2 Arena on Saturday evening
‘There will be belts coming vacant and as long as Dereck is looking good, the sanctioning bodies will want the best challengers.
‘Saturday’s fight can be another step in that direction. One more big win after that and he could be a legitimate mandatory challenger for a title.
‘A year ago people would have said that was a stretch from reality.’
Taylor vs Prograis and Chisora vs Price will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office this Saturday night