As WBN heard on good authority that a massive heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko was being eyed for December 10, rival David Haye announced his next fight will take place on the same date.
Whether it’s a coincidence or the former champion is being lined up for the undercard is anyone’s guess, although both bouts are not going to be taking place at the O2 Arena.
Joshua and Haye have made the venue their home in recent bouts but have been thwarted by aging British ska band Madness who have booked the venue for a concert that same night.
Manchester Arena would certainly come into play now, whilst indoors at the Millenium Stadium (now called the Principality) would also be in the mix with the roof option.
Haye, who turns 36 this month, has been out of action since a routine win over Arnold Gjergjaj but is ready to return for his third fight of the year.
Here's a small update. I'm fit, healthy & will be back in the ring on 10 Dec 2016. Opponent to be announced very soon. You'll be happy!????????????????????
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) October 5, 2016
Shannon Briggs was due to be the opponent for Haye in September, although a promised clash failed to materialize last month and the American is not though to be on the shortlist this time around.
The likes of David Price, Alexander Ustinov, Kubrat Pulev and Lucas Browne are all options for ‘The Hayemaker’ who told fans they ‘won’t be disappointed’ with this choice of foe two weeks before Christmas.
Browne is currently in line to fight for the WBA title, meaning any fight could be sanctioned for the vacant belt, but would be reliant on mandatory Fres Oquendo stepping aside to allow the encounter to take place.