David Haye to announce May 21 opponent next week

Phil Jay 24/03/2016

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Two-weight world champion David Haye has called a press conference for next Wednesday where the Londoner will confirm his upcoming opponent for May 21.

The 35 year-old is one fight into his high-profile comeback from a serious shoulder injury having dispatched of Mark de Mori with consummate ease at the O2 Arena earlier this year.

Haye heads back to the same venue in two months time but is not expected to name a world title contender in the opposite corner as the ‘Hayemaker’ bids to stay in contention for his own shot in late summer.

Since the de Mori win, Haye is ranked highly with the WBA, WBC and the all-important IBF as the veteran eyes a chance at the winner of Charles Martin v Anthony Joshua for the coveted red belt on April 9.

As the former cruiserweight king is placed in the Top 15 with the International Boxing Federation, Haye can be considered to face Martin or Joshua in a voluntary capacity once the dust settles on that encounter next month.

Rather than line up a world title eliminator for one of the other bodies, Haye can basically fight a tune-up as pre-fight favourite Joshua and Martin have both expressed an interest in facing the big-puncher in defence of the championship.

The likes of Malik Scott, Andrey Fedosov, Antonio Tarver, Bermane Stiverne, Bryant Jennings, Chris Arreola, Eddie Chambers and Shannon Briggs have all been mentioned as possibilities, the latter of whom has been recently chasing around London trying to nail down the fight.

All will be revealed in less than a week.