If boxer’s are creatures of rituals and superstitions, then David Haye is keeping up with his programme. Just before he beat Mark de Mori at The O2, he came to Canary Wharf for a public workout – and he was back again on Monday (May 16) ahead of Saturday’s bout.
He drew a large crowd of Canary Wharf workers on their lunch break as he sparred in a mini-ring and went through his fitness protocols ahead of Haye Day II .
Haye faces Arnold “The Cobra” Gjergjaj, 31, at the Greenwich venue, televised live on Dave, and he’s hoping to end the Kosovo-Albanian’s undefeated record.
He said: “There’s the element of the unknown, which is something I like about this guy.
“He’s taller than I am, heavier than I am and has an unbeaten record, so I think it’s a bit unfair people digging him out without seeing him.”
He’s already lining up the next fight – against US motormouth Shannon Briggs – on his quest – he hopes – for a big money fight against fellow Brit and world champion Anthony Joshua.
Briggs and Haye clashed at the Anthony Joshua and Charles Martin weigh-in and later it was confirmed that Briggs would fight on the Haye undercard.
Haye is back in the public eye on Wednesday when he holds a press conference at Muhammad Ali exhibition at The O2 and then he’s back at the same place for the weigh-in.