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David Haye returns on May 21 against Arnold Gjergjaj


In the second leg of his comeback, former WBA heavyweight titleholder David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) will face Kosovo’s Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21 in London, England.

The Englishman, who also held RING, WBA, WBC and WBO titles at cruiserweight, ended a three-and-a-half year layoff in January when he blasted out overmatched Aussie Mark De Mori in less than one round of action.

Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) appears to be a level up from Di Mori, but the 31-year-old has barely operated outside of Switzerland, where he resides, and his unbeaten record does not feature one distinguished opponent.

Haye, who is immensely popular on U.K. shores, is still likely to market this event into a huge attraction. His bout against Di Mori drew 16,000 fans to the O2 Arena in London and his ring return was very well received.

The 35-year-old also announced that 10 per cent of all ticket sales will be donated to former British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell, who suffered a brain bleed following his bout with Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday. Haye and his team deserve full credit for hopefully leading the way in this cause.

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing