Bellew vs Haye: David Haye says he will be working hard to get ready for a big year in 2018

David Haye during the open workout at the Indigo 02, London on March 1, 2017
Image: David Haye plans to fight Tony Bellew again in 2018

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.

On Wednesday the 37-year-old posted a video on social media which showed him working out despite having his arm in a sling, and he also provided an update on his fitness.

"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.

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"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.

David Haye and Tony Bellew during their heavyweight contest at The O2
Image: Bellew prevailed when the pair first clashed at the O2 last March

"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.

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