Saturday, 21 May 2016

Double quick pantomime at the O2,

The Hayemaker promotions show from the O2 tonight featured comeback bouts with prospective future foes and former champions David Haye and Shannon Briggs ahead of a muted showdown in September..   However Haye and Briggs had to fulfil their obligations in banana skin bouts tonight..  This is where the serious promotion ends..    David Haye and Shannon Briggs took longer in ringwalk time respectively than either took in the ring disposing of curious opposition..  David took just over a round to relieve us of hapless Arnold Gjergjaj, the unbeaten Swiss based Kosovan hit the mat four times with punches that barely landed flush, Gjergjaj was completely out of his depth and literally quit after Terry O'Connor counted the final knockdown..   Colourful US import Shannon Briggs who was previously pencilled in to face Alexander Dimitrenko had to settle for the inept Emilio Zarate a 34 year old Argentinian with 16 losses..  Briggs almost scored a knockout with his opening punch, but it was evident after the first exchange, Zarate had no ambition at all. Briggs scored a knockdown with a slashing body shot early in the round, then ended the show with another body attack that left the Argentinian out for good and needing oxygene..   Briggs and Haye now have the field clear for a huge showdown, possibly in September, but it was unfortunate to see how low matchmaking could go at the highest level..   You can't pull the wool over the publics eyes forever, guys like DeMori, Gjergjaj and Zarate appearing in high profile feature Tv bouts with little chance of success by gross overmatching is dire, while on the same day Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam, two of the best heavyweights in the world both met in a fabulous matchup in New Zealand..  In comparrison tonight's show was purely pantomime and belonged on Dave..