DAVID HAYE will next box on May 21 at the O2 Arena against little known Kosovan Arnold Gjergjaj. But at a public workout today he revealed he would fight American nuisance Shannon Briggs, who’s been pursuing him in recent weeks. “I’m fighting May 21, then I’m fighting Shannon Briggs a few months later,” David said. “It’s a fight that fans want to see.”
That could be seen as a distraction, given Haye is chasing down a big fight with the likes of new IBF ruler Anthony Joshua. David’s trainer Shane McGuigan said, “It’s up to me out of everyone, and David, to not allow him to overlook Arnold. He’s 29 wins, 21 knockouts, clearly a very good fighter because he’s been in the Klitschko camp a few times and brought in for the Tyson Fury camp as well. He’s clearly good in the gym. Whether he is amazing in front of the lights, with the small gloves on, I don’t know. But you’ve got to prepare for a really good fighter, possibly a better fight, a harder fight than Shannon Briggs. So we can’t overlook anything.”
The American is expected to box on Haye’s May 21 undercard. “Shannon Briggs could look terrible on the undercard and nobody wants to see him, then Anthony Joshua could be calling our name, these things change daily. So we can’t go and chuck all our eggs in one basket. We’ve just got to keep our eyes peeled and keep doing what we’re doing and looking good and I believe David, once he gets his opportunity, he’s going to showcase his skills and his new size and his new strength. He can knock anyone out, it’s about giving him the opportunity,” McGuigan said.