Exclusive: Gjergjaj won’t commit to Briggs, talks Haye and backs Fury over Klitschko or Joshua
Kosovan puncher Arnold Gjergjaj is not sold on a future fight with Shannon Briggs should the undefeated heavyweight upset David Haye on May 21 in London.
Haye has already agreed to fight Briggs in September should the American come through Alexander Dimitrenko on the same bill, although Gjergjaj says he will look at alternatives should he have his own hand raised that night.
“I’m expecting an exciting fight. One that will add another victory to my unbeaten record and be the 30th,” Gjergjaj exclusively told World Boxing News.
“David Haye can do what he wants (in regards to Shannon Briggs) as I’m only interested in our fight, right now. Briggs brings an entertaining show, but in a sporting sense, there are far better opponents than him.
“We are on course in training and are looking forward to the fight. I have been working hard, intense and using sparring partners that are similar to Haye.
“Haye remains one of the top fighters in the entire boxing world and I have to be at my best on May 21.”
Massive fights against the likes of current world champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could open up for Gjergjaj if he can put the brakes on Haye’s comeback, although ‘The Cobra’ was rightly tentative in looking too far ahead.
“We have always planned from fight to fight, so at this time we won’t be doing anything new,” he said.
“For me, Fury (would beat Joshua) he is the more mature fighter. And for this reason, I can only see the same result (against Klitschko).
“In regards to boxing in the heavyweight division, Fury is currently the best and the man to beat,” added Gjergjaj.
With 21 stoppages in his 29 wins, Gjergjaj has a decent record on paper, although the same could be said about Mark de Mori whom Haye demolished in just over half a round in his first fight in four years last January.
Haye heads into his second big night in succession at the O2 Arena well fancied by the bookmakers to move a step closer to a world title shot as Gjergjaj aims to pull off a shock win that would enhance his reputation in the sport considerably.
David Haye takes on Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjerjaj at The O2 on May 21. For tickets to #HayeDay visit theo2.co.uk.