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Further to securing a deal with Frank Warren's sports Network and Bob Arum's Top Rank, Setanta has just announced it was signed a deal for Haye's next four fights....

Article Below from the Setanta website...

"Setanta Sports has again underlined its commitment to boxing by signing an exclusive broadcast deal with Hayemaker Productions to screen David Haye’s next four fights exclusively live in the UK and Ireland.

This new deal, plus the contract in place with Frank Warren’s Sports Network until December 2010, including the Kelly Pavlik-Gary Lockett bout on June 7 and Joe Calzaghe’s next fight, plus the recent Top Rank announcement, really does secure Setanta’s place as the home of boxing in the UK.

During the terms of the four-fight deal, which runs from September 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009, Setanta Sports subscribers will be able to see Haye step up to fight in the heavyweight division - his first bout since his world cruiserweight unification title win against Enzo Maccarinelli in the ‘Battle of Britain’ in March.

The deal will potentially see the explosive Londoner take on Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF/WBO heavyweight titles in 2009.

The next four David Haye fights, all due to take place at The O2 Arena, which will be exclusively live to Setanta Sports subscribers as part of their Setanta Sports package, will include:

David Haye against a top 10 ranked heavyweight opponent later in 2008
David Haye against a top 10 ranked heavyweight opponent in early 2009
A world title bout against a reigning Heavyweight World Champion (most likely against Wladimir Klitschko) in the middle of 2009
A title defence if Haye wins the world title later in 2009
The current package with Hayemaker Productions also includes the rights for exclusive coverage of six Hayemaker Boxing shows, featuring at least one British title fight or better during each show.

David Haye said: “I’m buzzing about signing this deal with Setanta – it means millions of people in the UK will be able to witness the four most important fights of my boxing career. I believe heavyweight is my natural weight and I look forward to taking this division by storm before becoming world heavyweight champion in next year. Tune in to Setanta to see the Hayemaker in action!”

Setanta’s boxing presenter, Paul Dempsey commented: “Setanta has invested in David Haye because we think he’s one of the most exciting boxers around and he’ll electrify the heavyweight division like no one else on the planet. Setanta viewers witnessed his thrilling victories over Mormeck and Maccarinelli in the past year, and we really hope that this deal will bring our subscribers the opportunity to see Haye go all the way to becoming a British heavyweight champion of the world.”
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