David Haye could “lack confidence” in Derek Chisora after failing to display his usual “bravado”, said Joseph Parker’s manager, David Higgins.
Chisora faces Parker on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, Katie Taylor also defending her undisputed lightweight world titles against Natasha Jonas at the AO Arena in Manchester.
But Higgins believes Haye has been strangely overpowered in recent days and wonders if her opposing coach is concerned about Chisora’s upcoming clash with Parker.
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“It’s a curiosity, it’s a strange offer,” Higgins said. Sky Sports.
“He’s a little invisible when it comes to this fight against Chisora.
“Maybe he’s down because they lack confidence, or maybe he’s going to blow something up on us, in the last day or two, in psychological terms. Who knows? I do not have the answer.
Perhaps it is a lack of confidence on his part. It could be that.
“David Haye brings the bravado, he’s normally in the foreground, talking, selling the fight.
“If this is the first time in history that he hasn’t behaved like this, it’s strange.
“Maybe it’s a lack of confidence on his part. That just might be it.”
But Haye insists that Chisora’s hostility will escalate in the next 48 hours and backed him to become the first man to stop Parker.
“I can feel that things are starting to bubble now,” said Haye Sky Sports.
“As he nears fight night, he starts to tune in, because he knows what’s at stake in this fight.
“He’s planning to do something that’s never been done before. He’s trying to do something Anthony Joshua couldn’t do, Andy Ruiz Jr couldn’t do, Dillian Whyte couldn’t do, and it’s knocking out Joseph Parker. “
“Knocking out someone who has never been knocked out. It’s a tough order, but Derek Chisora is up for it.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn has informed Parker that the victory will put him firmly in contention for a world title fight in 2022.
Higgins says the former WBO champion could stay active with a summer fight after recently teaming up with new coach Andy Lee.
“Joseph is really enjoying the camp,” Higgins said. “He’s relaxed, he’s learning new techniques and he’s in good shape. Physically and mentally.
“We are not looking beyond this fight. There is a huge stake in this fight.
“The winner will probably have a chance for the world title, in a year the loser will be back at the bottom of the heap. Both guys know that and they will be fully focused on Saturday night.
“But the Parker team definitely want to pull back as soon as possible. Joseph was really good when he got the momentum.
“On our side, there have been talks about saving and fighting again as early as late July or late August.”
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