Haye still has AJ on his radar
David Haye is determined to get back to winning ways as he chases a massive heavyweight fight against Anthony Joshua next year.
The 36-year-old is looking to get back into the ring before the end of 2017 as he continues his rehabilitation from the Achilles injury which he suffered during his 11th-round stoppage defeat against Tony Bellew in March.
If I can have two fights back and work my way up the rankings, then it will be up to Joshua to give the fans one of the biggest fights ever in the UK.David Haye
Indeed, Haye's next outing could be a rematch with Bellew with positive talks said to have taken place between the two camps in recent weeks.
But regardless of the opposition, the Londoner is well aware that he must come out on top if he is to realise his target of a showdown with reigning WBA and IBF world champion, Joshua, at some point in 2018.
Haye said: "The plan is (to return) before the end of the year.
"That's what I've said since I had my operation. That's what I believe will happen.
"There are a few names bouncing around but I'll probably know in the next couple of weeks. (A rematch with Bellew) might happen but only if we can get on the same page.
"We have always been on different pages. I won't be holding my breath for that one. If it's supposed to happen it will happen but at the moment I wouldn't put money on it.
"If I can have two fights back and work my way up the rankings, then it will be up to Joshua to give the fans one of the biggest fights ever in the UK."
Haye is 4/11 to win a rematch with Bellew, while the Liverpudlian is priced at 2/1 to come out on top again.
Meanwhile, fellow Briton Joshua is 1/8 to win his next title defence against Kubrat Pulev via a stoppage at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on 28th October, while the mandatory challenger is 10/1 to inflict a first professional defeat on the 27-year-old.
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