David Haye vs. Joe Fournier added to De La Hoya vs. Belfort card on September 11th
By Allan Fox: Former two-division world champion David Haye is coming out of his three-year retirement to face unbeaten Joe Fournier in and eight round bout at heavyweight on September 11th on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort on Triller PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calfornia.
Including Haye on the card will attract some PPV buys from nostalgic boxing fans, who will want to see what ‘The Hayemaker’ has got after three years of retirement.
Given Haye’s history of injuries, it might take a miracle for him to make it through training camp without blowing out a shoulder, bicep, or messing up a hand or wrist.
In part of Haye’s 16-year professional career, he had terrible luck when it came to getting hurt in camp. The injuries wrecked two potential fights for Haye against Tyson Fury, which would have seen him get a small fortune if he’d made it to the ring.
Haye last’s last victory in 2016
The 40-year-old Haye hasn’t won a fight since 2016, and his career ended on a sad note with him getting stopped in consecutive fights by British cruiserweight Tony Bellew in May 2018.
While it might seem off-putting to some boxing fans seeing Haye dusting off the cobwebs to pick up a few bucks against the 38-year-old entrepreneur Joe Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs), the card isn’t about putting on events between world-level fighters.
It’s more about matching older fighters from the boxing world and MMA to bring in money.
The other fights on the De La Hoya vs. Belfort card:
- Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
- Andy Venes vs. Jono Carrol
During Haye’s career, his notable victories were over Nicolai Value, Derek Chisora, John Ruiz, Enzo Maccarinelli, Jean Marc Mormeck, and Audley Harrison.
When Haye moved up to heavyweight, it was the beginning of the end for him. His win over WBA champion Value was highly controversial, as it appeared that Haye had lost the fight but was given the win.
In a highly publicized fight, Haye was totally dominated by heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 12 round decision loss in 2011.
The co-feature bout on the De La Hoya – Belfort card is a heavyweight match-up between 46-year-old Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz in a boxing match. Ortiz and Silva are both former UFC champions, but obviously shot to bits and no longer capable of fighting the best in the octagon.
Adding Silva and Ortiz to the De la Hoya vs. Befort card suggests that Triller is looking to market the card to MMA fans, as they’re the ones that will appreciate seeing these fighters.
For the boxing fans, these fights mean nothing, and it’s fluff entertainment along the same lines as the YouTuber matches involving Logan and Jake Paul. Cheap entertainment involving old-timers who don’t come from a boxing background, offering the equivalent of junk food for the eye.
“Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva have both signed their contracts to meet in an eight-round cruiserweight boxing match that will serve as chief-support to Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort, Triller tells ESPN. MMA Fighting reported a bout was being targeted
“Full reported Triller PPV card for Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback, Sept 11th in LA, According to @MikeCoppinger.”
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