The majority of those who watched David Haye fall to a surprising defeat to Tony Bellew in March thought that would be the last time the ‘Hayemaker’ would be in the ring.
Haye suffered a ruptured achilles during his engrossing bout with Bellew and at the age of 36, could have easily retired from the sport for the second time.
And even though he has since split from trainer Shane McGuigan, the former world heavyweight champion is determined to return to action later this year.
On Wednesday a new partnership between Haye and UK TV channel Dave was announced which will see five nights of free-to-air boxing broadcasted per year and is likely to feature the 36-year-old’s comeback fight.
Although Dave has shown boxing and MMA in the past, UK fans will associate the channel more with showing re-runs of comedy programmes and Top Gear than sport.
And Haye’s most recent opponent couldn’t help but take a little dig on Twitter after the deal was announced.
Bellew, who is currently eyeing up a fight with pound-for-pound king Andre Ward, appeared to mock Haye’s demise with a couple of cheeky tweets.
“Looking forward to this! I’m a big bullseye fan also so hopefully you show this after the boxing? 👍#ComedyAtItsFinest #LookWhatYouCouldOfWon,” he wrote.
‘The Bomber’ followed that up by suggesting Haye sign up two Thai MMA fighters after their quite frankly hilarious encounter went viral a while back.
Haye won’t like that.
Of course, it could have easily been a case of roles reversed had Bellew not beaten Haye in that feisty encounter at the O2 Arena.
Since then, Bellew has talked up fights against some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division while it would appear the most profitable clash Haye could land would be a rematch against the Bomber.
Haye is confident he will be making his comeback in December but is not yet sure of the opponent.
“I will be back in the ring in December, who that will be against, I don’t know,” he said, as per the Daily Mail.