Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will make his eagerly-anticipated return to boxing against Australian Mark De Mori on January 16.
The 35 year-old, who has been out of action since 2012, announced the details of his comeback at the O2 Arena on Tuesday and hopes the De Mori fight will be the first step on the road to another world title shot.
Haye last fought in a championship bout against Wladimir Klitschko way back in July 2011, losing a one-sided decision in Hamburg and infamously citing a toe injury for his restricted performance on the night.
Since suffering only his second career defeat to Klitschko, Haye got himself embroiled in a public brawl with compatriot Dereck Chisora which ultimately ended with the ‘Hayemaker’ blasting ‘Del Boy’ out in five rounds at West Ham’s Upton Park.
Fights with Manuel Charr and Tyson Fury (twice) fell through when Haye pulled out injured, which has somewhat tarnished the Londoner’s reputation with the fans and will need some rebuilding going forward.
Opponent De Mori, 33, has only lost one of his 33 contests when caught cold by John Wyborn over a decade ago and has since failed to make that step up to world class in compiling what initially looks like a decent C.V until closer inspection.
‘The Dominator’ drew with former world title challenger Alex Leapai over six rounds in Queensland early on in his career, but other than that has firmly flew under the radar during his twelve-year stint in the sport.
De Mori’s top ten ranking with the WBA would certainly have been the attraction for Haye choosing the 6ft 2ins puncher, as the two-weight world champion aims for another crack at the best around in the coming year.