David Haye says 2018 will be his year after having a successful surgical procedure on his injured left bicep.
The former world heavyweight champion had to pull out of his rematch with fellow British fighter Tony Bellew, scheduled for 17 December, after injuring his bicep but has vowed to return to the ring.
Haye was stopped by Bellew in the 11th round back in March but is hopeful that his chance at revenge has only been delayed.
“I am sure you are already aware that my much-anticipated rematch with Tony Bellew has been postponed,” said Haye.
“I have obviously got an injury in my left bicep and I had a procedure to repair it a couple of days ago.
“Doctors, my physio are very, very happy with how it went.
“I will be back firing on all cylinders in a couple of months.
“Sorry to everybody. This sport throws curveballs at us from time to time but I will be back
“Thanks for the amazing support people have been sending my way, it really means a lot that you guys have got my back.
“It has been a very challenging year for me but 2018 is when it is all going to happen.
“Have a great Christmas. I am going to be working through my Christmas and I will see you next year.”
Bellew told Sky Sports earlier this week that he could take Haye on again in the first half of March, although he also suggested that the pair could each have an interim bout before squaring off once more.