Two-weight champion David Haye has confirmed that he will be returning against nightclub entrepreneur and light-heavyweight Joe Fournier at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 11.
On Wednesday night, ESPN.com’s Mike Coppinger dropped the news that manager and promoter Haye, now 40, was coming back in an eight-round heavyweight contest against his old friend Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) on Triller’s Oscar De La Hoya vs Vitor Belfort PPV card.
The news immediately made sense with the former heavyweight and cruiserweight king posting a picture of himself in fighting shape earlier in the week.
On Thursday morning, Haye confirmed his return to action over three years since his second straight stoppage defeat to Tony Bellew in May 2018.
“This isn’t a comeback, this is about teaching there are levels in boxing. One must stay in their lane or risk getting flattened,” tweeted Haye (28-4, 26 KOs).
“Joe ‘The Billionaire’ Fournier needs to learn that you can’t buy everything. Champions are born not bought.”
Fournier added: “I will shock the world and knock out David Haye. Unquestionably one of the hardest challenges of my life, but this is the perfect fight at the perfect time for me.
“Haye is riddled with injuries, 10 years past his prime. I was a late starter to this pro boxing game – now I’m coming into my fighting prime. I’m healthy, motivated and ready to prove a point to Haye that, on September 11, I will be victorious.”
Main image: @davidhaye Twitter.