The 33 year-old, who has announced his decision to return to the ring after a career-threatening injury, last fought in July of that same year against Chisora, but says he regrets not being more professional prior to ending the argument with a fifth TKO.
“I was really annoyed with myself,” Haye told The London Evening Standard in a candid interview recently. “I remember asking myself that night: “How the hell did I let that happen?” I mean, I get paid good money to fight. Why would I do that for free?
“A trained fighter who had slapped Klitschko and who had said on TV that if he saw me he’d break my jaw, came straight for me and placed his head on to mine. I wasn’t going to hang around to find out what happened next.”
A video of Haye’s conflict with Chisora went viral within minutes of the brawl breaking out, although the Londoner managed to cash in when eventually staging a massive outdoor bout with ‘Del Boy’ at West Ham’s Upton Park stadium.
The Chisora spectacle was almost two years ago now, and Haye has not laced up the gloves since, but ‘The Hayemaker’ still harbours hopes of fighting for a world title again by the end of 2016.
Haye would be almost 36 by then, having said he would never box past 31 – with the lure of the bright lights and scream of the crowd seemingly too much for the Briton to leave behind.
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