Haye targets a title shot

He has been out of the ring since his last fight in July 2012 and in 2013 he had surgery to a serious shoulder injury which looked to end his career.

Last year the 34-year-old told media that he was planning a return to boxing.

In a chat with the Daily Mail, Haye confirmed his plans to fight again, "Yes you will see me back in the ring. I've been taking it easy of late as obviously I had a bad shoulder injury so I needed reconstructive surgery on it.

"That's good now, I've got all the movement back and I'm banging harder than ever with that. I'm just surveying the land at the moment and seeing what's happening out there," said Haye.

"The heavyweight division is looking as good as it has done for a long time. You've got Wladimir Klitschko still doing what he does; you've got the emergence of Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, big guy, perfect record. He just had a great win and I was in Vegas when he fought Bermane Stiverne. He looked like the real deal, he really did.

"He helped me out in the past with sparring so I know him very well and I think that has really spiced up the heavyweight division," he added.

Haye believes that if he can fight regularly he could be a year to 18 months away from a world title fight against Wilder.

"Deontay Wilder is a very good champion and if I start fighting regularly I am probably a year or 18 months away from being in a mandatory position to fight him," he added.