Haye to fight on May 21st at the O2 on same card as Froch-Johnson
By Sean McDaniel: World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 17 KO’s) is scheduled to defend his WBA title on May 21st at the O2 Arena, in Greenwich, London. The fight will be part of a doubleheader with WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch facing Glen Johnson in their semifinal Super Six tournament bout. Sky Sports wants the Haye and Froch fights to be a doubleheader, as it will bring in more money on pay-per-view if they’re lumped in together.
It’s unclear right now who Haye, 30, will be fighting because his number #1 mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev (27-1, 17 KO’s) may be unable to get medically cleared by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight in England due to his reported case of hepatitis B in the past. If Chagaev is unable to get approval, Haye will be looking to see if he can take on number #8 ranked Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) instead.
At 38, much of the fight has gone out of Mormeck and he’s much more manageable now for Haye compared to when they fought four years ago in 2007. In that fight, Mormeck dropped Haye in the 4th round, but was unable to finish the job. Haye then got up off the deck and took out Mormeck in the 7th. Mormeck took two years off following that loss and came back in 2009 as a heavyweight. Mormeck has beaten three consecutive B level fighters to get ranked at number #8 by the WBA. It’s not Haye’s fault that the World Boxing Association has decided to rank Mormeck so high over clearly better heavyweights like Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola and Robert Helenius. If the WBA lets Haye fight Mormeck, the that’s who we’ll likely see him against on May 21st.
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