The five-month feud started by the Londoners’ shameful brawl in Munich concluded with a warm embrace of mutual respect following five action-packed rounds at Upton Park.
A vicious left hook effectively ended Chisora’s brave assault and will have given Klitschko plenty to ponder as he considers a showdown that to date has proved frustratingly difficult to arrange.
It was an explosive performance from Haye that helped blur the memories of his lamentable loss to Wladimir Klitschko a year ago, but the 31-year-old is concerned it may have been “too good”.
“Vitali doesn’t want to fight me. Look what I did against Chisora and look what he did against him,” he said.
“Why would a 40-year-old man fight someone as young, fresh and powerful as me? It doesn’t make sense.
“Vitali’s a politician and he’ll find a way to get out of the fight,” he added.
Vitali fight unlikely
Meanwhile, Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente claims it is highly unlikely the Ukrainian will fight Haye, because he plans to swap boxing for politics in October of this year.