Talks are underway to stage a rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye in December this year, according to several UK media reports.
Former WBC cruiserweight title holder Bellew defeated Haye in March as the ex-two-weight world title holder has hampered by an achilles injury.
In order to fully ratify his victory, Bellew is now ready to drop his pursuit of Andre Ward in favour of a second helping with his UK rival.
Bellew previously admitted he regrets being civil with Haye at the end of their fight as the bravado to push a return begins in earnest.
‘The Bomber’ earned a career-best payday at The O2 Arena in London and could make even more as promoter Eddie Hearn pushes him as the A-side.
“I’m still disgusted by his comments and I regret embracing him at the end,’ Bellew told The Daily Mail earlier this month.
“But I embraced him because, you have to remember, this man had just helped secure my children’s future. And that’s the first thing that went through my mind after I beat him.
“I didn’t think about what he’d said or what he’d done. If I thought back to what he’d said, I’d have probably hit him again.”
On what he thinks of Haye now, Bellew added: “I still think he’s a cast iron asshole. I don’t think he’s a nice fella but it took two of us to get it right.”
On the other hand, Haye, 35, recently announced his new promotional stable, which includes Rio 2016 Silver medallist Joe Joyce, at which the Londoner revealed he harbors hopes to return to action by the end of this year.