David Haye will continue his attempts to return to the summit of the heavyweight division by taking on Kosovo-born Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on 21 May. The bout will be Haye's second since coming out of retirement for a third time to face Mark de Mori, who he defeated inside one round in January after a three-and-a-half year absence from the sport.
Gjergjaj is unbeaten in 29 professional fights, with 21 knockouts however at 31 years old and having only once fought outside of Switzerland where he lives, the clash represents further cannon fodder for Haye. It was hoped that after destroying De Mori earlier in the year that Haye would face a sterner test of his credentials but instead he has been paired with an opponent not ranked in the top 15 of any of boxing's world governing bodies.
The Briton, an ex-WBA heavyweight champion, was hoping to face current holder of the title Lucas Browne however the Australian rebuffed the offer. The 36-year-old has since failed a drugs test which was taken six days prior to his fight with Ruslan Chagaev.
"I'm so happy to be back in the ring so soon. I said I wanted to fight regularly and that's exactly what I'm doing," Haye, 35, said. "Every two to three months I want to be knocking somebody out and working my way back into title contention.
"Fighting a big heavyweight like 'The Cobra' has really got my juices flowing, taking a unbeaten fighters '0' from him always makes the victory that much sweeter. Expect another explosive knockout!"