May 072016

David Haye v Arnold Gjergjaj on Dave (UK TV) on May 21st 2016.

UKTV’s free-to-air entertainment channel Dave will continue to follow David Haye’s comeback to the ring after securing the rights for the former two-weight world champion’s latest fight at The O2 Arena on May 21.

A peak audience of 3.2 million people tuned into Dave’s live boxing debut in January to watch ‘The Hayemaker’ return to the ring for the first time in three and a half years and knock out Mark de Mori in 131 seconds.

Haye, one of only two boxers to have unified the cruiserweight division and won the heavyweight world title, now turns his attention to Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjergjaj – the EE-EU heavyweight champion from Kosovo who is unbeaten in 29 fights.

‘The Cobra’ has real pedigree having sparred with some of the biggest names in boxing including current WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury, and the man he won those titles from, Wladimir Klitschko.

Dave’s second foray in live boxing follows the news that the channel will broadcast live darts for the first time after picking up the rights to screen the BDO World Trophy tournament, which will be held on the weekend following the Haye fight.

Commenting on the announcement, David Haye said: “I’m thrilled that my latest fight will once again be free-to-air on Dave.

“I was overwhelmed with the peak audience of 3.2 million who tuned in to my fight against Mark de Mori.

“Boxing is booming in the UK right now and these figures prove it. I always said I wanted to bring boxing back to the masses and in partnership with UKTV we really did do that in January.”

“I was really impressed with the coverage and production of my comeback fight and I’m looking forward to once again be fighting on Dave and taking the sport to a broader audience.

“This Haye Day will feature a longer live show with an even better undercard and more musical entertainment.

“It promises to once again be a must-watch event.”


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