Former two-weight world champion David Haye is gearing up to face undefeated Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjergjaj as he continues his journey back to the summit of world boxing.
The Bermondsey fighter returns to the ring for the second time this year on Saturday, May 21 for Haye Day II at The O2. He used the Greenwich venue on January 16 when 16,000 saw him KO Mark de Mori after 121 seconds, his eighth first round KO of his professional career and 25th knockout in his 27 professional wins.
The 35-year-old Haymaker now turns his attentions to the 31 year old Kosovo-Albanian who is also a KO specialist. His record of 29-0 contains 21 wins before the bell, the second longest winning streak in the heavyweight boxing behind only the current WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
The Cobra, who stands two inches taller than Haye at 6 foot 5 inches tall and most recently tipped the scales at 112 kilograms, has sparred with the current WBA and WBO heavyweight champion and, the man he beat for those titles, Wladimir Klitschko.
In a video to fans while working out he said: “It’s a very exciting time for me. To fight twice in one year hasn’t happened for many, many years now. There’s 20 days to Haye Day and I’m on the final straight in terms of training...I’m happy, content and things are going well.”
He added: “Many of you might not have herd of him (Gjergjaj) before but that doesn’t mean he is a bum and not coming to win. I have heard from his camp that he is in great shape and up for it so I’m going to need to be at my very best.
“I have only has two minutes of ring time in the last four years which isn’t ideal but I believe that it is all meant to be and this is a small stop on an amazing joutney.
“The vibe and support I got in my first fight was tremendous and really heartwarming and I’m excited for Haye Day II which has a jam-packed undercard too.”
He also revealed he hoped to have a deal confirmed soon so people could watch the fight for free on television.
The undercard will include fights between former WBO Heavyweight World Champion Shannon Briggs and former European Heavyweight Champion, Alexander Dimitrenko and ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender will take on Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham for the English middleweight title.
The night will also see the debut of Sheikh Fahad Bin Khalid Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar and the country’s first ever professional boxer, and a host of young Brits in action including; lightweight Floyd Moore, light welterweight Kay Prospere, light heavyweight Ollie Patterson and heavyweight Nick Webb.
David Haye will donate 10 per cent of the ticket sales from his fight against Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21 to Nick Blackwell, who was injured in his fight against Chris Eubank Jr.
5pm, Saturday, May 21, from £40, The O2 Arena
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