The 32 year-old, who retired in 2011 before making a comeback against Dereck Chisora last summer, had always maintained that he would not fight anyone other than a Klitschko – but has now made a dramatic u-turn.
The ‘Hayemaker’ will now eye up the rankings to pick out potential opponents as the one-time cruiserweight king looks to go the mandatory route to secure a chance of redemption against Vitali or Wladimir.
Haye lost a wide points decision to the latter in July 2011 when citing a toe injury for hampering his performance, and at this stage was hopeful of facing Vitali for the WBC title. A whole host of fighters higher in the rankings now stand in Haye’s way though after the elder Klitschko rebuffed his advances for an immediate shot, with the likelier foe now being the younger Wladimir for a rematch in the future.
After holding the WBA belt with a career-best victory over Russian giant Nikolai Valuev, Haye is still highly-ranked with the organisation and may look to regaining the title from Alexander Povetkin before setting his sights on a return with Wladimir.
More details are to be released shortly on what will be Haye’s 29th professional outing – with London an early favourite to stage the contest as the Bermondsey fighter hits the title track once again.