Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye continues to harbour ambitions of fighting Vitali Klitschko in 2013 as he seeks to box on a British License.
Haye, who came out of retirement to beat Dereck Chisora in July under a Luxembourg Boxing Federation License, wants backing from the British Boxing Board of Control as he attempts to clinch a fight with the current WBC heavyweight champion.
The Brit watched Klitschko knock-out Manuel Charr earlier this month prior to competing in the Kiev mayoral election later this year, but Haye is determined to capitalise on any failure on the Ukrainian's part to be voted into office.
"I'd like to thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for licensing me ahead of my July bout with Dereck Chisora in London, but I no longer require that license," said Haye.
"In an ideal world, though, I'd now like to box on with a British license. I'm a British boxer, I have never had any issues with the board and, should a fight with Vitali Klitschko happen, I'd be keen to have the British Boxing Board of Control in my corner, simply because they are so experienced and are the best at what they do.
The pair were due to fight in June 2009 before Vitali was replaced by his younger brother Wladimir, prior to Haye withdrawing with a back problem.
The 31 year old went on to win the WBA heavyweight title against Nikolay Valuev later that year, and following months of negotiations eventually struck a deal to face the younger Klitschko, whom he lost to by a unanimous points decision.
Haye announced his retirement following the defeat, but came back to beat fellow Briton Chisora in emphatic style to again set up a potential clash with the 41 year old Klitschko, whose political career is set to take priority after victory over Charr.
"If I was Vitali Klitschko, I wouldn't want to go out on a win like that," added Haye. "Even in a predictably one-sided affair he didn't look impressive and the the finish was anticlimactic to say the least. The win itself also means very little, as Manuel Charr proved to be nothing more than an unworthy challenger in a half-empty arena.
"My aim is to get Vitali in a ring next year, after his election campaign has failed, and bring his WBC world title back to Britain. This is the only fight that interests me at heavyweight, and the WBC world heavyweight title is the one belt I'm desperate to win before I retire for good.
"I won the WBC world cruiserweight title in 2007, and have won many other world titles since, but lifting the green WBC belt at heavyweight would be an extremely proud moment for me."