3. Dereck Chisora – July 14 2012

“Del Boy” – the former British and Commonwealth champion – had recently lost closely fought tussles with Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius in 2011. Astonishingly, he’d given the formidable Vitali Klitschko a particularly troublesome night during their WBC title fight earlier in 2012.

The 210lbs Haye and 247lbs Chisora set a high intensity from the opening bell. David used effective ring movement to evade many of Chisora’s charges, while countering with sharp, snappy punches of his own. Dereck had some successes, most notably the swinging left hook he clipped David with at the end of the third round. However, by the fifth, Haye had unlocked Chisora’s defence, flooring him with a pinpoint, booming right cross. Chisora gamely rose from the canvas, but Haye swiftly attacked, connecting with another powerful right hand in the final seconds of the round, stopping Chisora for the first time in his career.

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