The heavyweight return of former two-weight world champion David Haye is set to be broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK on January 16, World Boxing News learned on Tuesday.
Haye, 35, makes his long-awaited comeback from injury against Croatia-based Aussie Mark De Mori, and sources close to the ex-WBA heavyweight title holder have revealed that the likes of BT Sport and Sky Sports have been ruled out.
This latest news could bring the likes of terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Channel 5 into play, along with digital network Spike TV as the most likely destinations for the O2 Arena contest in London.
More is set to be revealed in the coming days as Haye intensifies his preparation with trainer Shane McGuigan for what could be a final run at regaining his position at the top of the sport.
It’s been four years since Haye last ruled in the top division until dethroned by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg, although the heavyweight landscape has changed dramatically since then.
Klitschko was knocked off his perch by Haye compatriot Tyson Fury, whilst the IBF belt has also become vacant due to a 2016 rematch stipulation between the new and old champion.
Vyacheslav Glazkov and Charles Martin are due to contest the International Boxing Federation version on the same night as Haye v De Mori in the United States and the ‘Hayemaker’ could put himself in line to meet the winner with a first victory for over three years.