Haye-De Mori: Chief Support Off After Injury To Dib

By Elliot Foster

The preparations for the comeback of former two-weight world champion David Haye are running far from smoothly –– and that has been further proved by the latest setback suffered to the ‘Haye Day’ promotion.

Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), 35, is set to return to the ring after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus in two weeks’ time, on January 16, at London’s O2 Arena against Australia’s Mark De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs) over 12 rounds in a non-title showdown.

And while the issue isn’t with the main event, the promotion as a whole is on the back foot before it has even started with a lack of broadcaster and now no chief-supporting contest.

Former IBF world featherweight champion Billy Dib (39-4, 23 KOs) had been appointed as second in command to the Haye-De Mori clash and he was scheduled for a non-title 10-round tussle with former English featherweight title challenger Jamie Speight (13-8, 1 KO).

But that has now been scratched after Dib, who announced his withdrawal via social media, pulled out, citing injury.

“It is with great regret that I announce I’ve been ruled out of my Jan 16th fight due to an injury I suffered during training camp,” the Australian, 30, wrote on his official Twitter account.

“[A] big thanks to all the amazing boxing fans in the UK. God willing I’ll be back soon.”

And despite the bad news, opponent Jamie Speight put a positive spin on things, also taking to Twitter to say: “I’m sure me and Billy [sic] can get it on again. [David Haye] can make it happen."

The latest complication with the return of ‘Hayemaker’ leaves the card bare and with a lack of any real quality, boasting an undercard featuring ex-British super middleweight ruler Tony Dodson (31-8-1, 15 KOs), as well as Wadi Camacho, Kay Prospere, Jose Lopes and Josh Kennedy.

Elliot Foster is part of Boxing Scene's UK team. Follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFoz

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 01-05-2016

I like the way the media are claiming that Haye decided to fight Di Mori because he was called out by him on twitter. No, it's just another classic Gayemaker cherry pick.

Comment by FrankieBruno on 01-05-2016

this whole event is embarrassing

Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 01-05-2016

So, the only other name on this "card" has just pulled out. Sounds like #HayeDay :lol1: is going to be an utter disaster. No TV networks are interested, there's no buzz in the UK whatsoever, let alone worldwide. I expect…

Comment by paulf on 01-02-2016

Haye's never had a problem with running **** undercards on his promotions. Whats Audley up to, anyway?

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