Promoter Frank Warren has given a detailed opinion on David Haye’s comeback to the sport in his latest Scrapbook offering.
Warren, who oversaw Haye’s last fight against Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in London, has questioned the return of the ‘Hayemaker’ against Mark de Mori being screened on UKTV channel ‘Dave’ on January 16.
There has also been some problems with the undercard for the O2 Arena event, which Warren says may have hampered any solid interest from the big name networks.
Some of Warren’s quotes from his latest article include:
His opinion on TV coverage
‘The problem is it is a risky operation – his fight with the Aussie-based Croatian at London’s O2 on Saturday week could end in a round or be a stinker and there’s no real undercard to speak of to make it a viable TV package.’
Reasons behind the return after three years
‘For some time now the rumour has been around that Haye is returning to the ring because he needs the money – he has sold his gym and apparently there are marital difficulties, or so it has been reported. I hope this is not the case in both instances because he has earned well, but of course, he has also lived well.’
Plus, choosing Dave for live coverage of the contest
‘I am sure people will watch it on Dave, ‘the home of witty banter’ for free but I am not sure this is the right route for someone of Haye’s reputation to go down.’
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