David Haye announces heavyweight comeback to fight Marc de Mori

David Haye will make his return to boxing against Australian Mark de Mori at London's O2 Arena on 16 January

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David Haye will fight Marc de Mori in January Photo: David Haye / Twitter

Former two-weight world champion David Haye has announced his return to the ring with a heavyweight bout against Australia’s top 10 WBA ranked Mark De Mori on 16 January at The O2 in London.

Haye’s long-awaited comeback was officially confirmed at a press conference at The O2 on Tuesday after the Bermondsey-born fighter revealed last week that he was back in the gym under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan, who also trains Irish world champion Carl Frampton.

The fight, Haye’s first since defeating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park three and a half years ago, sees him take on a top 10 WBA ranked heavyweight in De Mori, who boasts a record of 31 wins (26 KOs) with only 1 defeat. De Mori is undefeated since September 2004 and most recently claimed a first round knock-out in October.

The Hayemaker, who is widely recognised as one of the best British boxers of his generation, was the first British boxer to become the unified cruiserweight champion in 2008, winning WBC, WBA, WBO as well as The Ring magazine title.

Haye then moved up to heavyweight and won the WBA Heavyweight championship of the World in 2009 after defeating Russian 7ft 2in giant Nikolai Valuev and in the process became only the second boxer in history, alongside Evander Holyfield, to have unified the cruiserweight titles and become heavyweight champion of the world.

Commenting on his return, Haye said: “I’m so happy to be able to step back through the ropes and back into the ring, where I do my best work. It’s been a long three and a half years out, with many ups and downs, but ‘The Hayemaker’ is finally back, and ready to do what I do best. I’ve a new team, new look and new inspiration to achieve my goals. I’ve always set the bar high in my career, and I will continue to do so. Please sit back and get ready for another fun-fuelled heavyweight campaign to the very top.”

De Mori, who was present at Tuesday’s news conference at The O2, said: “I’ve finally got my shot. I’ve been put on the side lines for many years, frustratingly looking in, and not been given the opportunity to fulfill my ambition to fight the big names and to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Well that has now changed and January 16 at The O2 will be my time to shine, when I knock David Haye back into retirement. To all my Aussie brothers and sisters make sure you see this fight live, it’s going to be brutal.”

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