Dereck CHISORA is determined to re-establish his credibility as a boxer by upsetting David Haye at Upton Park tonight.
The 28-year-old knows the infamous brawl in Munich in February, during which he threatened to shoot and burn Haye, shocked the British public.
Chisora already had a lengthy list of criminal convictions, while his disgraceful behaviour in the build-up to the fight with Vitali Klitschko harmed his reputation further. Amid all the scrutiny of his conduct, the courageous and impressive nature of his points defeat to Klitschko was forgotten.
Chisora will start as underdog against the more-experienced Haye but remains a dangerous opponent, despite entering their clash with three defeats in four contests. He believes tonight is the time to begin repairing some of the damage.
“What happened after the fight took away a lot from my performance,” the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion said.
“You know everybody painted me with a bad name, but I’ll restore my name after this fight.
“I apologise for saying I’ll shoot David Haye – I’ve never even owned a gun – but the rest of it I don’t regret.”