David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) scored his second straight early knockout in his comeback in stopping fringe contender Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Haye had the 31-year-old Gjergjaj up and down on the canvas like he was playing with a yoyo.
Haye knocked Gjergjaj four times in all in putting him down twice in the 1st and two more times in the 2nd. Gjergjaj let the referee know that he’d had enough after the final knockdown in the second. The fight was then officially stopped at 1:35 of the round. Haye looked very powerful with his right hand. He didn’t use his left hand as much, although he tried to land it on a couple of occasions but just narrowly missed the mark. Every punch Haye threw in the fight had knockout intentions on it.
Haye knocked Gjergjaj down in the first 40 seconds of round one. Gjergjaj hit the canvas hard, and he was never the same after that knockdown. He looked shell-shocked from it. At the bell ending the 1st round, Haye knocked Gjergjaj down again with a right hand that caused him to slide down the ropes. Gjergjaj complained bitterly that he’d been hit in the back of the head by Haye on the knockdown, but the referee was having none of it.
The crowd booed loudly in the 2nd round when Haye knocked Gjergjaj down with a jab. It looked like to some fans that Gjergjaj didn’t want to be there and was looking to get out of the fight as fast as possible. However, it was more of a case of Haye landing a very hard jab against a fighter who was still in bad shape from the two earlier knockdowns. Haye then put the coupe de grace in landing a speedy flurry of head shots that sent Gjergjaj down for the fourth and final time. The fight was then stopped.