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Two former foes become friends.

Dereck Chisora joins David Haye and Team Hayemaker in shock move

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The British heavyweight boxing scene has really come to life in the past few years, with Tyson Fury shocking the world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, and Anthony Joshua winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics, before then going on to unify the heavyweight division himself.

Not to mention the fact that we have the likes of Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce making their way up the rankings and proving they could be a huge part of the world scene in the near future.

However, things were not so great for the British heavyweight boxing scene when two boxers in particular made an embarrassment, not only of themselves, but also of their country.

Dereck Chisora and David Haye were involved in some absolutely shocking scenes, including public brawling which would make the most hardened thug cringe with embarrassment.

It all slowly built up between Chisora and Haye, with the two fighters seeming to have genuine hatred towards one another.

Things finally came to a head when the two stars finally decided to meet each other in the ring, with the Hayemaker stopping Chisora in the fifth round, bringing their feud to an end, and both fighters finally showing some mutual respect for one another.

Fast forward six years, to today, and you would never actually believe that the two of them were once such enemies, with it being confirmed that Chisora has now signed up to fight under the Hayemaker Promotions banner, with Haye now his manager.

Both men have been talking about this new team up and you would be forgiven for thinking they are now best mates.

Chisora said: "He [David Haye] is one of very few managers who has themselves won world titles. He knows what it is like to step in the ring putting everything, including your life, on the line. I am at a point in my career I know I cannot afford to make mistakes."

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He added: "There will be no more late nights partying, drinking, getting distracted by stuff that will simply move me away from my dream. 

"David has already built on my existing team of Don Charles and John Ramos bringing in the best in the field of S&C, nutrition and rehabilitation to support them.

"To all heavyweights out there who think Derek Chisora has had his time, missed his moment, you’re. wrong, this is just the beginning, this is WAR," he said, in reference to changing his name from "Del Boy" to "WAR".

Meanwhile, Haye said: "When Derek is focused, when he gets the work done and has the infrastructure around him he requires to perform he is not a boxer you can underestimate. 

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"Derek is dangerous and after a professional career spanning over a decade he is looking to scale the heights of the division, capturing world titles and I am looking forward to helping him achieve this."

There has been a lot of talk about Chisora fighting Dillian Whyte in December, with most boxing fans wanting to see a rematch between them following the controversial outcome of the first fight, which many believe Chisora should have won.

It is certainly going to be interesting to see whether Haye and his Hayemaker Promotions team can get Chisora to remain focused, train properly and deliver on that promise that he showed in his younger days.

Watch this space.

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