David Haye is set to reignite his bid to regain a world heavyweight title by returning to the ring this summer as he plans to announce a comeback fight on July 6.
The 32-year-old was last seen in a ring some eight months ago when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round. He later claimed that he would only return to action if he faced one of the Klitschko brothers as he believed Vitali would give him a shot at the WBC crown.
However, it seems Vitali may well walk away from the sport in order to concentrate on a career in politics and it is increasingly unlikely that his brother Wladimir would grant him another opportunity.
This seemed to suggest that we had seen the last of the Hayemaker, but the Daily Mail has reported that Londoner wants to climb the rankings in a bid to secure mandatory shot at one of the world titles.
First Haye must attempt to regain a licence with the British Boxing Board of Control after his last fight was sanctioned by the Luxembourg federation.
His former opponent, Chisora, has only just been re-licenced and it seems as though general secretary Rob Smith would be prepared to do the same for Haye.
"David met with our stewards and showed he understands that some of the things that happened were not good for boxing and not good for him," Smith told the Daily Mail.
Haye has always remained in the gym during his hiatus and has never been the type of boxer to balloon between fights. Despite boxing just twice in the last two years there is little doubt that he would be in supreme physical condition if he returns in July.
Should he decide that he wants another shot at Wladimir then he would first have to go through Alexander Povetkin who holds the regular WBA title, while Klitschko is the super-champion.
Should he want a crack at the WBC title, which could soon be vacated by Vitali, then he would be behind Tyson Fury who has a much higher ranking with that governing body.
Whichever route Haye takes, it could take as many as three fights before he once again landed a shot at a version of the heavyweight title. However, he will not turn 33 until October and is still relatively young in terms of a heavyweight.