Chisora’s sparring partner says Haye will be stopped
Dereck Chisora's sparring partner says that he'll stop rival David Haye when they clash in the grudge match of the year at West Ham United's ground on July 14, live on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).
The heavy-handed Finchley star has brought over fast rising American prospect Joe Hanks for three weeks' sparring at his gym to prepare for Haye.
Hanks, known as ‘The Future’, is unbeaten in 20 fights with 14 knockouts and has previously sparred with the Klitschko brothers, Sultan Ibragimov, Chris Byrd and Jameel McCline.
At 6ft 4in, with fast hands and feet and a big punch, he has similar attributes to former world champion Haye and says with the way that Chisora is punching he can't see the Hayemaker lasting.
‘I've seen Haye, he's very crafty and fast with a very similar style to mine and that's what we've been working on with Dereck in the gym,’ Said Hanks.
‘By the time the fight comes I will have racked up about 60 rounds with him over three weeks and they are really good, hard spars between two young hungry fighters.
‘I've sparred with Klitschkos, Ibragimov, Byrd and many other leading heavyweights and Dereck is up with those guys.
‘Watching Dereck prepare for the fight, he's really focussed and determined to beat Haye. I fancy him strongly to win. Haye's very clever, but Dereck's got all the tools to win and certainly the punch and power to get to him.’
Although Hanks finishes with Chisora in early July he will be watching the fight live at home in New Jersey with confirmation that the fight will be covered live in America by EPIX.
He added, ‘It's a shame that I won't be at the fight to see Dereck win after all the hard work and preparation he has put in, but it's fantastic that EPIX will be televising the fight over here and I'll be watching.’