David Haye to fight millionaire who claims he hooked up with Nicole Scherzinger

David Haye is set to return to the ring for the first time in over three years in September as he has been confirmed to be fighting nightclub owner turned boxer Joe Fournier.

The pair will fight on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya's comeback bout at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on September 11.

Haye has not fought since retiring for a second time in May 2018 after losing a second consecutive fight to Tony Bellew but will now take on his former friend.

It was Haye who got the undefeated Fournier into boxing after the pair met at one of the latter's events, with Haye even letting him train at his gym.

Fournier is a 38-year-old nightclub owner and former basketball player who has claimed to have had a fling with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

He claimed that in 2015, following her split from Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, the pair spent time together at his Mykonos nightclub.

He told The Sun in 2016 that "There was a lot of flirting, smiling and then some cheekiness. Nicole is a very flirty person, I'm a flirty person, so yeah, it was flirty and cheeky."

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However, Scherzinger denied his claims and took to Twitter to quash the rumours that there had been a fling.

She wrote: "It angers me that people create complete fiction in an attempt to secure a little attention, with zero respect or integrity."

Fournier was born in London and owned a gym and played basketball for England before he began investing in high-end nightclubs and events in 2012.

He is the owner of exclusive London club Bonbonniere and his work has seen him cross paths with celebrities including 50 Cent and Paris Hilton.

Having met Haye, he was inspired to take up boxing and his new friend let him train at his Hayemaker gym and allowed him to fight on the undercard of one of his fights in 2016.

In the same year, Fournier appeared on E4 show Million Pound Party People, which uncovered the secrets of London nightlife.

He has gone on to obtain a record of nine wins and no losses with one no contest following a positive drugs test saw him banned for four years up until the end of 2020.

He returned to the ring on the undercard of the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren bout in April, where he beat reggaeton performer Reykon by knockout.

He will now take on Haye in September looking to claim a 10th victory from 10 attempts as he looks to make up for the time lost to his drugs ban.

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