David Haye, 40, putting professional record on line against Joe Fournier, 38, after venue change

DAVID HAYE'S comeback fight against businessman-turned-boxer Joe Fournier will now be classed as a professional bout.

The former world champion, 40, is preparing for his first encounter inside the ring since losing against rival Tony Bellew in May 2018.

He faces his friend Fournier, 38, who is unbeaten in his ten outings in the paid ranks, on Saturday, with Triller charging UK fans £9.99 to watch the pay-per-view dust-up.

The fight was due to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the California State Athletic Commission ruling the contest as an exhibition.

But the bout has since been moved to Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, with the new commission approving the fight.

As a result, the eight-round affair will now appear on both Haye and Fournier's records.

Triller promoter Ryan Kavanaugh has already teased a huge fight for Haye following his clash against Fournier.

He told Sky Sports: "All I can say without giving too much away is that you should expect a very big fight.



"I couldn't tell you who it is."

Kavanaugh insisted the mystery opponent is not Wladimir Klitschko but described them as the 'highest of the high'.

Despite Haye not having fought for over three years, he believes he will outclass Fournier, who most recently beat reggaeton star Reykon on the undercard of Jake Paul's victory against Ben Askren in April.

The two-weight world champ said: "There shouldn't be any version of reality that sees me losing this fight.

"With two Achilles tendons snapped, I should be able to find a way to win this fight.

"He just doesn't see my body holding up for eight rounds, he doesn't see it. The quicker I get it over and done with the better for everybody.

"The power is always there. The power has never gone anywhere. The power has never been my issue. I've just got to focus on the timing and rhythm.

"Once I get my timing there, it should be pretty brutal, pretty fast."

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