Heavyweight contender Derek Chisora and his manager of the past three years, David Haye, have announced that they will part ways.
Most observers were shocked when they first paired up in a business relationship.
Nearly a decade ago, Haye and Chisora were involved in a violent brawl in Munich, Germany. Their confrontation took place at the post-fight press conference to Chisora’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
Their rivalry would lead to grudge match in the ring, with Haye winning by knockout in 2012.
Chisora, 37-years-old, is looking for the biggest opportunities possible after fighting to a close points loss to Joseph Parker earlier this year.
“It’s been an action-packed couple of years, getting Derek back in the mix of the heavyweight division, taking him from ‘Del Boy’ to ‘WAR’ mode,” Haye said.
“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 Derek, I will naturally continue to follow and support his career with great interest.
“The UK remains at the epicentre of the heavyweight division and Derek stands ready to go toe to toe with them all. 2021 is looking very exciting for him with a number of options available.”
Chisora made it clear that there was no bad blood in their split. The two parties are walking away on good terms.
“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,” Chisora said.
“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.”