Derek Chisora bemoans two defeats after amicable split with David Haye

The unlikely partnership between Derek Chisora and David Haye is over after the pair announced they have split.

Derek Chisora has said he was robbed against Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker after officially splitting with manager David Haye in strangely amicable circumstances.

The unlikely duo paired up in October 2018 when 37-year-old Chisora joined Hayemaker Promotions. Haye claimed at the time that he had to think about the partnership, with Chisora admitting Haye "played hard to get".

Haye though admitted that Chisora's spectacular win over Carlos Takam changed his mind about his old rival.

Chisora said: "On the day that Dave wrote me off, he became a fan."

The pair had been involved in an ugly press conference brawl in 2012 ahead of a match up at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground.

Haye ultimately triumphed over Chisora with a fifth round TKO. But the beef between the pair was real until they put the past behind them after Haye retired from the ring.

Haye and Chisora worked in tandem for PPV fights against Dillian Whyte, Usyk and Parker and successfully put Chisora back on the heavyweight map.

And despite the pair going their separate ways any friction between the two old rivals appears to be long gone.

Haye said: "It's been an action-packed couple of years.

"Getting Derek back in the mix of the heavyweight division, taking him from 'Delboy' to 'WAR' mode.

"When we announced our unlikely partnership we pledged to give fight fans the big nights of heavyweight clashes they have called out for and that I believe we have achieved.

"Whilst I will no longer be managing Derek, I will naturally continue to follow and support his career with great interest.

"The UK remains at the epicentre of the heavyweight division and Derek stands ready to go toe to toe with them all.

"2021 is looking very exciting for him with a number of options available."

'Robbed' against Usyk and Parker

Chisora is hopeful of a rematch with Joseph Parker later this year with Parker's manager David Higgins telling Sky Sports he is going over the "finer points".

Chisora said: "Everyone close to me thought I was crazy when I told them I wanted David to manage me, but in the last two and a half years my performances in the ring have spoken for themselves.

"Giving fights fans the battles they wanted to see even when COVID put a handbrake on everything.

"I may have been robbed against both Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker but have developed as a fighter.

"2021 is looking very interesting, I am back in camp, ready to go this autumn. It's time for WAR.

"I would like to thank David for his support (at times patience…) and guidance during our time working together."

'Parker will put Chisora into retirement'

Chisora's first fight with Haye had ended in a knockout loss to Whyte. The 6ft 2in heavyweight then rebuilt his reputation with wins over Senad Gashi, Artur Szpilka and David Price.

But he was on the wrong end of a points decision with Oleksandr Usyk in October.

And Higgins told Sky Sports he thinks Haye walked away before his man got knocked out by New Zealander Parker.

"I think Haye realises that Joseph Parker is going to knock Chisora out and put him into retirement and so maybe he wants to jump off the ship before it sinks," Higgins told Sky Sports.

"If Joseph were to finish Chisora by stoppage, which we think he will, then it's the end of meaningful boxing matches for Chisora."