Dereck Chisora explains why he teamed up with David Haye instead of Tony Bellew

Dereck Chisora and David Haye fought in 2012

The ever-unpredictable Dereck Chisora has outdone himself with the appointment of David Haye as his new manager.

The 34-year-old will remain under the Matchroom banner, all the while being guided by a former heavyweight with whom he brawled in Munich just six years ago.

Few fights in recent memory have been fuelled by the levels of animosity seen prior to their grudge match at the Boleyn Ground in 2012.

Chisora even claimed he had been glassed by the Hayemaker as he hurled punches and called him a "loser" at a press conference.

In wake of today's announcement, Haye has unsurprisingly changed his tune on his former nemesis.

Boxing fans will have been surprised to see them sitting side by side on Sky Sports News, looking like old friends.

This remarkable turnaround is in Haye's interest, of course, after he announced his retirement earlier this year following his second defeat, this time a fairly comprehensive one, to Tony Bellew.

And Chisora admits that he has helped his new ally land the deal when he could have instead teamed up with the Bomber, who he felt had too much on his plate given his upcoming bout against Oleksandr Usyk.

Chisora chose Haye over Bellew 

"I figured out Tony's got so many things happening right now in his career, he's got a big massive fight coming up and then David was the right man," Chisora said.

"So I went with David, a blockbuster as I said before. Every time he comes in the ring, he's in perfect shape. David was the right choice.

"Everything we're doing right now, I've been with him now for two weeks and we're working hard for 22 December."

That date will see Dillian Whyte step into the ring, but an opponent hasn't yet been confirmed. Eddie Hearn has confirmed Chisora remains the front-runner for a rematch against the Body Snatcher.

As for Bellew, while he has largely been commentating in recent months before returning to training, Haye added that he thinks he will step into management soon.

Haye has his say on Bellew

"I think Tony would be a good manager, Tony is someone who's been there, done it, he's fought at every level, won world titles, boxed on multiple different promotional companies with different managers.

Haye retired after losing the rematch against Bellew

"Tony Bellew, I think once he calls time on his career, he's got a massive fight with Oleksandr Usyk coming up in a few weeks, once he hangs up the gloves I think he'll be a very good manager.

"Because I've negotiated with him, I've worked with him, and he understands boxing."

The Haye-Chisora partnership is already looking like an intriguing match-up. 

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