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Former two-weight world champion David Haye held an open workout for his upcoming fight against undefeated Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjergjaj on Saturday May 21 at The O2 in London as he continues his journey back to the summit the heavyweight division.
The Hayemaker returns to the ring for the first time since January 16 when more than 16,000 spectators packed into The O2 to witness him deliver a signature right hand to KO top 10 WBA ranked Mark de Mori. The fight lasted just 121 seconds in what was Haye’s eighth first round KO of his professional career and 25th knockout in his 27 professional wins.
Haye now turns his attentions to the 31 year old Kosovo-Albanian who has amassed an impressive record of 29-0, with 21 of those wins coming via knockout. ‘The Cobra’ stands at 6 foot 5 inches tall and most recently tipped the scales at 112 kilograms - his size and strength are expected to pose a real threat.
The Cobra’s 29-0 resume is the second longest winning streak in the heavyweight boxing behind only the current WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who is yet to be beaten in his 36 professional fights, but ahead of Tyson Fury who has 25-0 record. The Cobra has impressive pedigree having sparred with the current WBA and WBO heavyweight champion and, the man he beat for those titles, Wladimir Klitschko.
In addition to the announcement of the main event, Hayemaker Promotions today confirmed that Sheikh Fahad Bin Khalid Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar and the country’s first ever professional boxer, will make his debut on the undercard at The O2. Al Thani, who fights at super lightweight, has solid amateur pedigree having fought over 40 times and represented the Qatar National Team in tournaments around Europe and the Middle East. An opponent is yet to be confirmed.
Al Thani joins a stellar undercard with ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender taking on Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham for the English middleweight title as chief support with a raft of young Brits also be in action including; lightweight Floyd Moore; light welterweight Kay Prospere; light heavyweight Ollie Patterson and heavyweight Nick Webb
Tickets to Haye Day at The O2 on May 21 are available on general sale now via www.theo2.co.uk.