The Hayemaker Makes Hay of Arnold in London

London’s colossal O2 Arena hosted David Haye (27-2) and his promotional company Hayemaker Promotions as the heavyweight returned for the second fight of his 2016 comeback. Providing the opposition was Switzerland’s undefeated Arnold “The Cobra” Gjergjaj (29-0).

From the start Gjergjaj appeared overwhelmed as the boisterous London crowd was 100 percent behind Haye. Not much can be said for Gjergjaj, who survived Haye’s first flurry, then he survived the first knockdown and he even survived the first round. That would be the extent of the positives for Gjergjaj, who appeared to throw less than five punches in the fight and found the canvas a total of four times. The referee waved the fight off at roughly the halfway mark of round two as Gjergjaj was on queer street despite having made it to his feet.

Gjergjaj falls to 29-1 and he figures to go back to the regional scene in Switzerland. Perhaps there may be interest in matching him with Marc de Mori (30-2-2), Haye’s January opponent, whose gaudy record did not prepare him for Haye and the 131 seconds their match lasted. The pair of Gjergjaj and de Mori will likely be joined by Shannon Briggs on Haye’s list of victims next.

And that is because the 44 year old Briggs made the most of his showcase bout with Argentina’s Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-16-2). Briggs endured at least three opponent changes in the last week, however the opponent was never that important. A win would set up a showdown with David Haye, and that was always his goal.

Zarate and Briggs had a competitve staredown, but it was all downhill for Zarate from there. From early on, it was apparent the Argentine did not have the strength to keep Briggs off of him. The predictable first round KO came from a body blow that put Zarate down far beyond the ten count.  It goes down as the 36th first round KO of Brigg’s long career. Buckle up folks, David Haye is next.

The live event featured 10 fights in all and the Haye and Briggs matches were shown in the United Kingdom as features on the television channel DAVE.

 

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-Yogo :

I hope you've been fortunate enough not to see this abomination of a production on Dave TV. Weird at best but almost certainly syet, Haye's circus rolls on.


-Kid Blast :

When you can predict a KO and the round it will occur and the blow it will occur from, something is very, very wrong with the situation. Simply disgraceful.


-DaveB :

I am so sick and tired of certain aspects of boxing. Unfortunately those aspects constitute the major crux of what boxing has become. Boxing is not fan friendly. I understand the business side but that has to be coupled with the product the customers truly want once in a while. They cannot provide mostly junk and their attitude is take the money and run. They think we are trained monkeys and should be excited like chimps in a cage with the garbage they spoon feed us constantly. The Brits control heavyweight boxing. Okay, good for them. Unfortunately, and it seems I always have to use that word in conjunction with boxing, it is only good for the fans if the best fight the best. But the best are happiest fighting third rate fighters. Briggs and Haye's fights today looked amazing similar. Yes the fighters they faced had arms and fists like they did. If only they had used them. We could see the set up coming. Haye's likes fighting the Shannon Briggs' of the world. Shannon Briggs only fights third rate fighters because he knows he will get his head handed to him otherwise. We were told Briggs had to fight a credible opponent. The credible opponent "pulls out" at the last minute and Briggs has another no hoper to fight against to get a fight in September against Haye. Point, set, match. They think we are too dumb to know that was planned all along.The fighters then thank the fans for their loyalty and all their love and support while the fans get screwed once again. Come see us in September and oh, don't forget to bring your pocketbooks while we screw you over in the fall. And by the way jump up and down all excited monkeys.


-Domenic :

I am so sick and tired of certain aspects of boxing. Unfortunately those aspects constitute the major crux of what boxing has become. Boxing is not fan friendly. I understand the business side but that has to be coupled with the product the customers truly want once in a while. They cannot provide mostly junk and their attitude is take the money and run. They think we are trained monkeys and should be excited like chimps in a cage with the garbage they spoon feed us constantly. The Brits control heavyweight boxing. Okay, good for them. Unfortunately, and it seems I always have to use that word in conjunction with boxing, it is only good for the fans if the best fight the best. But the best are happiest fighting third rate fighters. Briggs and Haye's fights today looked amazing similar. Yes the fighters they faced had arms and fists like they did. If only they had used them. We could see the set up coming. Haye's likes fighting the Shannon Briggs' of the world. Shannon Briggs only fights third rate fighters because he knows he will get his head handed to him otherwise. We were told Briggs had to fight a credible opponent. The credible opponent "pulls out" at the last minute and Briggs has another no hoper to fight against to get a fight in September against Haye. Point, set, match. They think we are too dumb to know that was planned all along.The fighters then thank the fans for their loyalty and all their love and support while the fans get screwed once again. Come see us in September and oh, don't forget to bring your pocketbooks while we screw you over in the fall. And by the way jump up and down all excited monkeys.
Spot on. I know a lot of people are staunch Briggs believers and supporters, but I don't see it. Vitali Klitschko hospitalized him for weeks 5 or so years ago. Before that, his claim to fame was the late KO in the fight against Liakovich, a fight considered by many to be amongst the worst of all time where a strap was on the line. That was a decade ago. He fought admirably in defeat against Lewis ... 20 years ago. I credit Briggs for getting another big fight, and payday, but I'm not sold at all. Crawford - Postol is the right spirit. Those guys could avoid each other all day, but they're rolling. Two elite fighters at their peak, doing it the right way. I'll pay for that. Canelo - Khan, didn't buy it.


-Radam G :

I am so sick and tired of certain aspects of boxing. Unfortunately those aspects constitute the major crux of what boxing has become. Boxing is not fan friendly. I understand the business side but that has to be coupled with the product the customers truly want once in a while. They cannot provide mostly junk and their attitude is take the money and run. They think we are trained monkeys and should be excited like chimps in a cage with the garbage they spoon feed us constantly. The Brits control heavyweight boxing. Okay, good for them. Unfortunately, and it seems I always have to use that word in conjunction with boxing, it is only good for the fans if the best fight the best. But the best are happiest fighting third rate fighters. Briggs and Haye's fights today looked amazing similar. Yes the fighters they faced had arms and fists like they did. If only they had used them. We could see the set up coming. Haye's likes fighting the Shannon Briggs' of the world. Shannon Briggs only fights third rate fighters because he knows he will get his head handed to him otherwise. We were told Briggs had to fight a credible opponent. The credible opponent "pulls out" at the last minute and Briggs has another no hoper to fight against to get a fight in September against Haye. Point, set, match. They think we are too dumb to know that was planned all along.The fighters then thank the fans for their loyalty and all their love and support while the fans get screwed once again. Come see us in September and oh, don't forget to bring your pocketbooks while we screw you over in the fall. And by the way jump up and down all excited monkeys.
The scraps of sh?tmaker -- I mean Hayemaker -- and old "Cannon" Shannon were the worse sit-ups in boksing this year. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Spot on. I know a lot of people are staunch Briggs believers and supporters, but I don't see it. Vitali Klitschko hospitalized him for weeks 5 or so years ago. Before that, his claim to fame was the late KO in the fight against Liakovich, a fight considered by many to be amongst the worst of all time where a strap was on the line. That was a decade ago. He fought admirably in defeat against Lewis ... 20 years ago. I credit Briggs for getting another big fight, and payday, but I'm not sold at all. Crawford - Postol is the right spirit. Those guys could avoid each other all day, but they're rolling. Two elite fighters at their peak, doing it the right way. I'll pay for that. Canelo - Khan, didn't buy it.
Totally sickening and a disgrace/insult to boxing fans


-larueboenig :

A total rip off


-oubobcat :

I generally watch every fight I possibly can. But did skip this card yesterday and from the sounds of it did not miss anything. That said, I am mildly intrigued by a possible Haye-Briggs fight. There are serious questions about both in their comeback attempts and we could certainly get some answers. Haye will obviously be a heavy favorite but Briggs will show up to win. The reason is simple for Briggs and that is a win sets him up for a gigantic payday against Tyson Fury or Klitschko. A Shannon Briggs that is motivated often makes for entertaining fights going back to the 90's (the Botha fight is still to me an underrated fun heavyweight scrap). So I am intrigued and would almost definitely be tuning in to watch.


-deepwater2 :

When you can predict a KO and the round it will occur and the blow it will occur from, something is very, very wrong with the situation. Simply disgraceful.
You called it. The whole card was just a non competitive spectacle. I hope people didn't take it seriously. I will like to see Haye vs Briggs. Briggs did take a beating and went to the hospital against Vitali, but he took his beating like a man. He could have quit like most of the dogs in boxing do when taking a beating. Can Haye knock out Briggs? I don't think so. Can Haye go 10-12 hard rounds after feasting on cab drivers? Good question. Can Haye take a good heavyweight punch? Not sure, he hasn't had anyone throw a punch at him years.including the last two "boxers". Haye vs Briggs will be a good show.


-Kid Blast :

You called it. The whole card was just a non competitive spectacle. I hope people didn't take it seriously. I will like to see Haye vs Briggs. Briggs did take a beating and went to the hospital against Vitali, but he took his beating like a man. He could have quit like most of the dogs in boxing do when taking a beating. Can Haye knock out Briggs? I don't think so. Can Haye go 10-12 hard rounds after feasting on cab drivers? Good question. Can Haye take a good heavyweight punch? Not sure, he hasn't had anyone throw a punch at him years.including the last two "boxers". Haye vs Briggs will be a good show.
Yeah and I wish I hade been wrong.


-brownsugar :

The fight is made so its futile to Pooh Pooh the inevitable,. But Briggs fits perfectly into the perpetually retiring David Hayes come backing plans,. ...I had no desire to watch either fight but I may tune in to watch Haye utilize Briggs declining name as a stepping stone. Although that stepping stone is only two inches high... Bring it on.... Let's go Champ!!!!