David Haye had previously "ruled out" Manuel Charr as an opponent for his June 29 return to the ring in Manchester, England, but according to reporter Gavin Glicksman, a Haye vs Charr fight is "signed and sealed" for the date.
There is also some speculation that a major announcement to be made tomorrow by Matchroom Boxing will involve this fight, which would mean it will head to Sky Sports or even Sky Box Office, rather than air on BoxNation, as Haye's last fight against Dereck Chisora did.
@EddieHearn: It gives me unbelievable pleasure to announce we have agreed a long term promotional deal with @mrdavidhaye @boxingbooth and Hayemaker
Haye (26-2, 24 KO) has a lot of detractors for a lot of reasons, but he's definitely one of the most notable draws in the sport today, and his letdown loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 hasn't really changed that. He's a great salesman, and he'll manage to get people into the Manchester Arena and tuned in on TV for this fight against Charr (23-1, 13 KO), who is a fringe contender at best.
Charr, 28, was easily handled last year by Vitali Klitschko, stopped in the fourth round on cuts. He was also knocked down in the second round and really presented no resistance against Klitschko, hardly throwing punches. He made a big show about wanting to continue on, and has yapped about a rematch ever since, but he didn't show much in that fight.
He is 2-0 since then, beating Konstantin Airich and Yakup Saglam.
Haye and Charr crossed paths last year, when Charr interrupted the Haye-Chisora post-fight press conference, saying that he would beat Haye after beating Vitali. He didn't beat Vitali, but here we are anyway.