David Haye made a spectacular performance tonight that sets up a fight in September with another knockout winner Shannon Briggs at the O2 Arena, in London.
Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) scored two knockdowns in the opening round and again in the second, followed by another one that ultimately stops the undefeated Swiss Arnold Gjergjaj.
In the first round, a solid right hand from Haye dropped Gjergjaj. And another Haye shot took down Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) again before the end of the round. The referee didn’t counted it as a knockdown. Gjergjaj complained that he was hit at the back of the head. It looked also to me that the punches that knocked him down were thrown after the bell.
In the second, it’s all David Haye. Every time Haye landed shots Gjergjaj legs looks ready to go. It’s just a matter of time. A solid jab put down Gjergjaj again on the floor. This time the challenger looked defeated, battered and ready for the picking.
A beast mode Haye bombarded Gjergjaj towards the ropes. Gjergjaj went down again but was able to get up. But the referee had seen enough and rightfully stopped the contest to save Gjergjaj from further beating.
Well, Haye should be impressive tonight because he’s expected to win this one. Many in the UK media believed that this fight is a huge mismatch. And it was indeed a huge mismatch. I didn’t see any punch thrown and landed by Gjergjaj.
During the interview, Haye said that “big fights” are possible in 2016. He mentioned Antony Joshua, but he also told that Shannon Briggs could be next in September. And he chanted “let’s go champ! Let’s go champ! Let’s go champ!”