Qatari royalty added to the undercard as Sheikh Fahad Bin Khalid Al Thani makes pro debut.
Former two-weight world champion David Haye today announced that he will face undefeated Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjergjaj on Saturday, May 21 at The O2 in London.
The Hayemaker returns to the ring for the first time since January 16 when took out Mark de Mori. The fight in under a round.
Haye now turns his attentions to the 31 year old Kosovo-Albanian who has amassed an unbeaten 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
Commenting on the fight, Haye said: “I’m so happy to be back in the ring so soon. I said I wanted to fight regularly and that’s exactly what I’m doing. Every two to three months I want to be knocking somebody out and working my way back into title contention. Fighting a big heavyweight like ‘The Cobra’ has really got my juices flowing, taking a unbeaten fighters ‘0’ from him always makes the victory that much sweeter. Expect another explosive knock out!"
Speaking about the announcement, Gjergjaj said: “This is obviously the biggest fight of my life and it is an opportunity I will not waste. Fighting in a huge arena against a former world heavyweight champion is massive motivation for me and gives me a chance to prove my skills to the boxing world. I respect ‘The Hayemaker’ - he was a very good fighter five years ago - but his time is over and I’m coming to win. I’m warning David Haye that he should not underestimate me - I’m unbeaten and I intend to stay that way.”
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.
Commenting on the news, Sheikh Fahad Bin Khalid Al Thani said: "I would like to thank David Haye and everyone at Team Hayemaker for giving me this great opportunity to fight in front of a packed crowd at The O2. I’ve followed David for many years now and I’m a great fan of his inside and outside of the ring. I’m very proud to represent my great and beautiful country of Qatar, my people and most of all my family. I’ve made history by being the first Qatari pro boxer, but my plan is to win titles."
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March 30, 2016[i]