David Haye v Arnold Gjergjaj – The O2 Arena at 22:00 live on Dave
David Haye will once again walk out at The O2 Arena to carry on his push for a title shot as he takes on Swiss fighter Arnold Gjergjaj on Saturday night.
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Haye walks into this bout having won 27 of his 29 fights in his career, winning 25 through KO, with his last fight ending in a round one TKO against Australian Mark De Mori at the O2 Arena.
The Brit defeated the Aussie within two minutes hitting a sweet right-hook on the jaw, before unleashing a left hand to knock down the 34-year-old.
The 35-year-old had expressed his desire to get back into the ring, and didn’t take into account his age, believing that he can bounce back from his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko back in 2011.
Since that defeat he has come out of retirement and is looking to get his career back on track.
In his career the Hayemaker has only lost two professional fights, as the London-born fighter has moved up from cruiserweight to heavyweight, and has gone on to hold the WBA Heavyweight title after his victory against Russian Nikolai Valuev.
Eight of Haye’s last ten fights have ended in TKOs, and six of his last ten have not gone past the fifth round. Furthermore, three out of the four times the 35-year-old has fought at the O2 Arena ended in TKO with knock-outs in round one, two and five.
Arnold Gjergjaj, meanwhile, is another unknown face plucked out of the boxing world, but his current record looks good. The Swiss has fought 29 times and remains unbeaten with 21 of his fights ending in a knock-out.
The Cobra’s last fight was against Marino Goles in Spreitenbach, Switzerland, and the 31-year-old defeated his opponent in the first round through TKO; Gjergjaj hitting the Croatian with a couple of punches before the fighter took a knee and his corner threw in the towel. Strange proceedings.
This will be the biggest fight of the Swiss’ career. He has held the EBU-EE heavyweight title won against Denis Bakhtov in June last year. This will be the second time the 31-year-old has fought outside of Switzerland though, with the last bout out on the road being against Laszlo Toth in Hungary, back in 2011, where he won by KO in the third round.
Eight of the Cobra’s last ten fights have ended in TKO/KO with two falling to a unanimous decision, while five of these fights have not gone past the fifth round. In fact, three of his last five have ended in knock-outs in round one, two and nine.
Overall, this is looking like another pay-day for Haye. However, I think Gjergjaj shouldn’t be written off so quickly as he knows how to handle himself in the ring, and to have a standing record of 29 unbeaten with 21 KOs is something to hold. Haye will want to give fans more of a show this time, but I reckon an early knock-out should do the trick.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Under 2.5 rounds @ 2.20 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
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