David Haye has made his intentions apparent after confirming a deal is on the table for his prized fighter Joe Joyce to take on Dereck Chisora.
‘Del Boy’ was seen shaking hands with Haye, admitting if the price is right, he’d sign on the dotted line for a fight to take place on the undercard of the rematch between Tony Bellew and Haye.
Receiving an update, Joyce’s manager Sam Jones exclusively told World Boxing News: “Dereck Chisora has been offered a massive amount of money – more than what he was offered for the European title fight against Kabayel – he’s in hibernation.
“If I was Chisora, I wouldn’t take the fight either, he knows he will get beat. It’s his last fight, potentially.
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“For the money he has been offered, he should take the fight straight away because it’s a big amount of money – he publicly said, if the money is right he’ll fight him – the money is right but there’s no sign of him.
“Dereck’s a flaky guy, he’s been a good servant to the sport, but if he fought Joe it’d end very badly for him. Joe would stop Dereck, he wouldn’t win a round, let alone win the fight.
“On May 5, Joe will fight someone world class, that’s a guarantee. We’ll get someone from world level for him on the big stage.
“It’s very hard to secure Joe a fight because of the threat he brings – nobody wants to fight him. We tried to get Nick Webb to fight Joe before May but he didn’t want it.”
One fight that seemed to be signed, sealed and delivered for Joyce, was a tilt for British glory against Sam Sexton. However, Hughie Fury will attempt to get back to winning ways as he prepares to take on Sexton following his world title defeat to Joseph Parker.
Jones admitted he was disappointed that the fight between Joyce and Sexton failed to materialise.
“I was not happy with Sexton’s comments. He was offered a good amount of money to fight Joe but obviously he was waiting for something a lot bigger, which is fair enough.
“Good luck to Sam, I’ve seen the figure he was offered and fair play to him, I don’t want to say anything too disrespectful towards him, he’s just earning a living and providing for his family.
“Good luck to him, I wish him all the best, but I think Fury will put on a career-best performance and win,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95