Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is set to make a return to boxing, having retired after major shoulder surgery in November 2013.
The Englishman's trainer Adam Booth confirmed the news on Wednesday, saying Haye would look to return to the ring very soon, per Niall Hickman in the Daily Express:
It's true, 100 per cent true, David is coming back. 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.
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.
It is possible that Haye may make his comeback against the winner of the all-British heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora scheduled to take place in July.
Haye's most recent fight was a victory over Chisora in July 2012, per BBC Sport, but he has never taken on 25-year-old Fury.
Saturday Night Boxing's Adam Abramowitz seemed to welcome the news of the Hayemaker's comeback, suggesting there were plenty of decent opponents around for him to fight:
I would be happy to see David Haye resume his boxing career. Lots of good fights for him in the heavyweight division.— adam abramowitz (@snboxing) May 28, 2014
Haye previously took the WBA heavyweight crown in late 2009 when he beat Russia's Nikolay Valuev, but he lost his title in ignominious fashion to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011, per BBC Sport.
In October 2011 he announced his first retirement, as reported by the Daily Telegraph, issuing a statement saying:
"Today's date is Thursday, October 13, 2011 and I've just turned 31 years of age. As the clock struck 12 last night, my professional boxing career came to an end."
The 33-year-old then came out of retirement to knock out Chisora at Upton Park. This was before pulling out of a scheduled meeting with Manuel Charr and finally cancelling a bout with Fury when he retired on doctor's advice after shoulder surgery, per Eurosport.
Knockout or just a body blow? David Haye advised to retire after shoulder operation. pic.twitter.com/AhY978rxET— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) November 18, 2013
Is Haye's return a welcome one?
In his professional boxing career Haye has lost two fights, winning 26. His popularity in the UK reached its peak after he defeated Valuev but took a plunge when he used a broken toe as an excuse for his loss to Klitschko.
His revival provides him with an opportunity to show his quality, and if he can book a genuinely decent opponent for his comeback fight he will no doubt create real buzz.
It remains to be seen when he will fight and whom he will take on, but while his return is perhaps unsurprising, it will hopefully set up some terrific contests in the near future.