Former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will go head-to-head with next opponent Manuel Charr at a press conference this Wednesday (May 1), after agreeing a deal to fight the top 10-ranked contender on June 29 in Manchester.
The showdown will be televised live on Sky Sports and promoted as part of a new long-term relationship between Adam Booth of Hayemaker and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. It will mark Haye’s first appearance in the ring since knocking out domestic rival Dereck Chisora in July 2012.
Lebanon-born Charr is a former WBC heavyweight title challenger and has won all but one of his 24 professional bouts. The 28-year-old’s sole defeat arrived at the hands of world champion Vitali Klitschko, who controversially stopped him on a cut last September.
Since that night, however, ’Diamond Boy’ has scored two quick stoppage wins and retained the WBC International Silver heavyweight title. Now ranked at number eight by the World Boxing Council (WBC), he has had Haye on his radar for the past twelve months and even gone to great lengths to goad him into a fight.
’The Hayemaker’, meanwhile, two places above Charr at six in the WBC rankings, is determined to add another world title to his collection and sees his June 29 opponent as the next step towards doing just that. The hard-hitting 32-year-old boasts a professional record of 26 wins and two defeats, and has finished 24 of his beaten opponents inside the scheduled distance.