UKTV has today announced its presenting team for the live and exclusive broadcast of Haye Day this Saturday at the O2, as David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye takes on Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjerjaj.
Matt Smith, best known for his role presenting football for the likes of the BBC and ITV will anchor the live broadcast, alongside Andy Shephard. The pair will be joined by boxing legend, Barry McGuigan, whose son, Shane, will be in The Hayemaker’s corner in his role as trainer of the former world heavyweight champion.
Commentating on the fight will be Ronald Macintosh, who has previously covered four Olympic Games for the BBC, plus a number IAAF and NBA competitions. He will be joined by former world welterweight champion Darren Barker – with both giving their views and opinion round-by-round from the undercards to the main event.
UKTV will also have Sophia De Stefano and Kiri Bloore roaming from back-stage to ringside, giving first hand experiences of the atmosphere in The O2, plus all the major talking points on social media.
On the announcement David Haye said: “I was really impressed with the coverage and production of my comeback fight and I’m looking forward to once again be fighting on Dave and taking the sport to a broader audience. This Haye Day will feature a longer live show with an even better undercard and more musical entertainment. It promises to once again be a must-watch event.”
Steve North, General Manager for Dave, added “After the highly watched first match we are delighted to welcome David back to the channel, and we are confident we can continue to build on the brilliant sporting coverage we delivered in January. The second Haye Day promises even more entertainment and even more boxing as we are able to offer more air time for fans to see boxing for free.”
UKTV’s Dave will also broadcast a build-up show on Friday 20th May at 8pm ‘David Haye vs Arnold Gjergjaj: Countdown To HayeDay’ with all the news, views and opinion ahead of the fight on Saturday evening.
‘Haye Day’ will be promoted by David’s own promotional company Hayemaker Boxing Ltd with support from The O2. Live Boxing: David Haye v Arnold Gjergjaj is produced for UKTV and executive produced by UKTV’s Helen Nightingale.
David Haye takes on Arnold Gjergjaj at The O2 on Saturday 21 May. Watch the fight exclusively live on Dave from 8pm.