David Haye Vs Mark De Mori – Preview and Prediction

The Hayemaker returns after 3 and a half years out of the ring, he faces WBA top 10 ranked Australian Mark de Mori at the 02 Arena, London. The bout will feature live on UK TV station Dave from 9pm Saturday night.

The last time David Haye stepped into the ring he stopped Dereck Chisora at Upton park in July 2012, after two pull outs against Tyson Fury, the last citing a potentially career ending shoulder injury, it was felt then that we had seen the last of David Haye inside a boxing ring.

There are rumours that Hayes motivation for returning are purely financial and at 35 years of age and 3 and a half years out of the ring  it will be interesting to see what The Hayemaker has left to offer the heavyweight division.

Historically this game has been unforgiving for those who continue to fight into the twilight of their careers for financial purposes. However Haye is not really a battle worn type and if he can get back on point he has to be regarded as a serious threat to the heavyweight division, and could possibly slot straight back in as one of the top 5 heavyweights in the world.

His opponent this weekend is Australian Mark de Mori who fights out of Croatia, Mark de Mori’s record is impressive on paper with 30 wins, 26 by knockout and just the one defeat. If you look closely however it is littered with soft opposition and this is a massive step up in class against a former world champion in Haye.

De Mori can clearly punch and is a guy who likes to bob and weave with plenty of upper body movement, he is also a guy who looks to counter punch but he is not the quickest heavyweight by a long shot and if Haye still has his quick, sharp reflexes he should be able to dismantle his opponent within 6 rounds.

However that is a big if, we have to remember Haye has been out of the ring for 3 and a half years so betting big on this fight is not recommended.

I expect Haye to start cautiously for the first couple of rounds, which he has notoriously done at heavyweight anyway and once he gets a feel for what his opponent has to offer I expect the dismantling of Mark de Mori to begin.

I am looking at a Haye stoppage somewhere around the 4th to 5th rounds, Ladbrokes have Haye in rounds 4-6 at 12/5 and while I wont be making a big play on this one, I think it offers enough value for a solid interest play.

PREDICTION: HAYE KO4

BETTING TIP: £10 on Haye rounds 4-6 12/5 Ladbrokes.