Former two-weight world champion David Haye has recovered sufficiently from a serious shoulder injury to make a comeback by the end of the year, according to trainer and mentor Adam Booth.
The 33 year-old, who was forced to pull out of two scheduled fights with Tyson Fury in the past year, was advised by doctors not to fight again when suffering his most recent injury late last year that required emergency surgery.
After months of the Londoner being coy about whether he would ever be able to compete again at the top level, Booth has now broken the silence and admitted another fight is on the cards for the ‘Hayemaker’ this year.
“It’s true, 100 per cent true, David is coming back,” Booth told The Daily Express.
“We will not be making any big announcement but David has been given the all clear by his medical people and he wants to fight again.
“We plan to get back in the ring before the end of the year and preferably by October.”
Rumours are already swirling that the one-time WBA heavyweight title holder could be ready to sign on to face the winner of the Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora rematch taking place in July, although Booth wouldn’t be drawn on any fight plans when confirming that Haye was already in the gym.
“David has started training and there is no need to keep this a secret any longer. He has been trying to recuperate for five and a half months and only now has he been given the all clear to fight again,” said Booth.
“David has got the full range of movement in his shoulder after undergoing the best treatment available. We have been very careful not to rush anything and yet we are obviously delighted with the outcome.
“I was in the gym this morning with David and he is back in there right now as we speak. That’s where he wants to be. It’s great news.”
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