British heavyweight David Haye has announced that he will return to action against Manuel Charr in Manchester on June 29, exclusively live on Sky Sports.
The former WBA world heavyweight champion Haye also confirmed that his camp have struck up a commercial relationship with promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, who are currently the exclusive provider of Sky’s live boxing shows.
Matchroom and Hayemaker will co-promote the shows headlined by the former world champion, beginning with the clash against the 28 year-old German challenger Charr at Manchester Arena.
Haye retired in October 2011 but returned to the ring last July to stop his fellow Brit Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park, before confirming in March that he was making a full-time return to boxing this summer.
He lost his world title to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011 and his ultimate aim will be a re-match, or a fight against Wladimir’s brother Vitali.
But Haye will first take on Charr, who is known as ‘Diamond Boy’ and has a 23-1 record, his only defeat coming at the hands of Vitali Klitschko in September last year.
Charr, a German-based fighter of Lebanese and Syrian descent, has used his Twitter feed to taunt Haye on several occasions.
Haye is determined to add another world title to his collection and sees his June opponent as the next step towards doing just that.
The much talked about heavyweight showdown will be televised live on Sky Sports and promoted as part of a new four-fight deal between Adam Booth of Hayemaker and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
It will mark Haye’s first appearance in the ring since knocking out domestic rival Dereck Chisora in July 2012, a fight that was broadcast on BoxNation.
Lebanon-born Charr is a former WBC world heavyweight title challenger and has won all but one of his 24 professional bouts.
The 28-year-old’s sole defeat arrived at the hands of world champion Vitali Klitschko, who controversially stopped him on a cut last September.
Since that night, however, ‘Diamond Boy’ has scored two quick stoppage wins and retained the WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
Now ranked at number eight by the World Boxing Council (WBC), he has had Haye on his radar for the past twelve months and even gone to great lengths to goad him into a fight.
‘The Hayemaker’, meanwhile, two places above Charr at six in the WBC rankings, is determined to add another world title to his collection and sees his June 29 opponent as the next step towards doing just that.
The hard-hitting 32-year-old boasts a professional record of 26 wins and two defeats, and has finished 24 of his beaten opponents inside the scheduled distance.
“I’m delighted to have agreed a four-fight promotional deal with David Haye and Hayemaker,” said Eddie Hearn.
“In my opinion David is the most exciting heavyweight on the planet and I’m over the moon to help bring his comeback fight against Charr to Sky Sports on June 29.”
Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing, has seen his stable of boxers grow significantly in recent months, with George Groves, Ricky Burns and Luke Campbell joining a group which already included Kell Brook, Carl Froch and Tony Bellew.
Further details on Haye’s clash with Charr and the promotional association with Matchroom Sport and Hayemaker Promotions will be revealed at a press conference in Manchester on Wednesday (May 1).