Bookmakers William Hill are taking more bets on Mark de Mori than David Haye, ahead of The Hayemaker’s comeback fight on Saturday. 65% of all bets are on Mark de Mori to win the fight, while the most popular bet is for de Mori to win by knockout in Round 1 at odds of 80/1!
But the bookies disagree, making David Haye the overwhelming 1/25 favourite to be victorious (staking £25 on Haye would return just £26 if he wins).
“Punters think David Haye is over the hill and that he’s past his prime,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke, “but we think he’s still got more than enough skill to defeat de Mori.”
William Hill Odds
Bout Betting – Who Will Win?: 1/25 David Haye, 33/1 Draw, 9/1 Mark de Mori
Method of result: 1/10 David Haye – By KO, TKO or DQ, 13/2 David Haye – By Decision or Technical Decision, 12/1 Mark De Mori – By KO, TKO or DQ, 33/1 Mark De Mori – By Decision or Technical Decision, 33/1 Draw
Fight To Go The Distance?: 6/1 Yes, 1/12 No
Knockout demand for Haye vs de Mori this weekend
With only a few days to go until David Haye’s comeback fight against Mark de Mori, last minute tickets to the fight at London’s O2 arena this Saturday, are being snapped up, according to viagogo, the world’s largest source of live event tickets.
In the last week, viagogo has seen ticket sales soar by 173%, as fans clamour to pick up tickets to see the two-time former world champion fight for the first time in 3 and a half years, in the head-to-head against WBA top 10 ranked Australian, de Mori.
A viagogo spokesperson commented: “Boxing fans are flocking to pick up last minute tickets for Haye’s highly publicised return to the ring. Haye’s comeback, which is claimed to be a warm up for a potential showdown against Anthony Joshua later this year, is proving to be one of the most popular events on our site at the moment, with fans snapping up tickets from £47.”
IM360 (www.im360.com), the leader in immersive and interactive content, has entered into an agreement with former heavyweight champion David Haye to produce the first-ever live boxing match in virtual reality featuring David Haye in partnership with Salter Brothers Entertainment. IM360 will broadcast a live, multi-camera, 360° video production of the boxing match between David “Hayemaker” Haye and Mark “The Dominator” di Mori at the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9:00pm GMT.
The match will be viewable on Hayemaker 360, a VR app custom-built by IM360, available on Android smartphones and tablets worldwide (except France), or on the Hayemaker 360 website. For more information about Hayemaker 360 or to download the free app, visit im360.com/HAYE.
In addition to the live 360° broadcast, Hayemaker 360 will host a wide range of exclusive virtual reality content about David Haye, giving sports fans a look at his workouts and everyday life. The app was created through a partnership with Salter Brothers Entertainment.
“We’re proud to be able to bring true live virtual reality to market, providing sports fans a level of entertainment never experienced,” said Richard Ngo-Tran, Vice President of Marketing for IM360. “With this first-ever live VR boxing match, we continue to push the boundaries of virtual reality as it enters the world of mainstream sports entertainment.”
“Virtual reality technologies and immersive experiences are at the heart of this next wave of digital evolution. As a company, we are dedicated to creating new ways of making live sports and entertainment more exciting and engaging,” said Andrew Salter, Co-CEO of Salter Brothers Entertainment. Simon Salter, Co-CEO of Salter Brothers Entertainment added, “To be the very first to bring live VR and 360 to boxing, together with our client David Haye and IM360 this Saturday at O2 Arena, is truly an exciting moment in sports technology.”
Boxer David Haye commented, “I’m fascinated by new emerging technologies, and am constantly looking to embrace the digital world in order to connect with my fans. With this in mind, I’m thrilled to bring immersive VR technology to big time boxing — allowing the public to stand alongside me in the ring, letting them see what I see and experience every punch.”
Download Hayemaker 360 and learn more at im360.com/HAYE.