Former featherweight titlist Billy Dib will fight in the co-feature on the David Haye-Mark De Mori undercard, which was announced this week.
Australia’s Dib (39-4, 23 KOs), a countryman of De Mori, will face England’s Jamie Speight (13-8, 1 KO) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout on the Jan. 16 card at the O2 Arena in London. Dib will be boxing for the first time since then-junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Miura knocked him out in the third round in May in Tokyo.
England’s Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), the former unified cruiserweight world champion and a former heavyweight titlist, will be fighting for the first time in 3½ years when he faces De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs). Haye has only fought twice since 2010, a one-sided decision to then-heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a unification fight in July 2011 and a fifth-round knockout victory against Dereck Chisora in July 2012. Haye had various injuries that forced other bouts to be canceled, including against Tyson Fury.
Among others who will also fight on the lackluster card will be light heavyweight Tony Dodson (31-8-1, 15 KOs), the former British super middleweight champion, who lost that title by third-round knockout to Carl Froch in 2006. Dodson is slated to face Richard Horton (9-5, 1 KO) in an eight-round bout.