David Haye may now be prepared to work his way up to mandatory challenger in order to land another shot at the world heavyweight titles which are currently being monopolised by the Klitschko brothers.
It seems, according to the Sun, that Haye has grown tired of calling out the Ukrainian brothers and is now keen to force their hand. Should he desire a shot at Wladimir then he may have to go through Alexander Povetkin who currently holds the WBA strap.
Haye is still ranked as the number one contender for the WBA title and should be manage to defeat the Russian then it is likely that he would become the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko, who is the 'super champion'.
When a fighter makes himself the mandatory if gives the champion just two choices, either face the number one contender or relinquish the title.
However, there could be other routes for the Hayemaker as he still holds a high ranking with all of the governing bodies. He is rated No. 5 by the WBC, while he is No.4 with both the WBO and IBF despite declaring that he had retired from boxing.
The 32-year-old came out of retirement to defeat Dereck Chisora last summer and he seems he is not yet ready to give up on his career while he remains one of the biggest names in the division.
Despite being outpointed by Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011, Haye is still viewed as one of the few fighters in the division that can cause the champion difficulties.
Should Haye decide that he wants to face Vitali then it would be a longer route to the title as he has his lowest ranking with the WBC and is even behind fellow Brit Tyson Fury.
It seems unlikely that Haye would want to have two or three fights before earning a shot at a Klitschko and that makes Povetkin the most likely target for the Londoner.