David Haye was laughed at last month when he called out Tyson Fury, but the former cruiserweight king remains adamant he wants the fight.
Haye – who turns 41 this week – unexpectedly called out Fury after outpointing his friend and former sparring partner Joe Fournier in an uninteresting exhibition fight last month.
The two-weight world champion claimed he was Fury's "kryptonite" and said he intentionally held back against Fournier to not "scare" Fury from taking the fight.
Fury recovered from two knockdowns to knockout Deontay Wilder this past weekend in one of the greatest heavyweight title fights in recent years.
And Haye said after Fury's win that he would still only make a boxing return if Fury was his opponent.
He told iFL TV : "It's 100% serious. I said the only person I'd put my body through a comeback for would be for the number one heavyweight on the planet.
"There's no reason why I'd punish myself and do what I need to do to put myself into a position to give myself any type of chance if it isn't for the big one. And it doesn't get any bigger than that, I'd be like a 1000/1 underdog for good reason.
"Hopefully when Team Fury sort of crunch the numbers… something's gonna happen in the next two months where they're gonna be looking for an opponent.
"I know how big time boxing works, when he works out what money is generated with a Hayemaker fight versus any of the other options, although they may on paper be more respectable, he knows it's out there.
Haye and Fury were booked to fight in 2013 and 2014, but Haye pulled out of both fights due to injuries.
Fury is likely to fight mandatory WBC challenger Dillian Whyte in December, but 'The Bodysnatcher' first must beat Otto Wallin when they meet later this month.
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Haye cites Fury's fights 2010 and 2013 fights against John McDermott and Steve Cunningham as evidence the Brit can be beaten.
But Haye went on to admit in current form Fury looks as unbeatable as any heavyweight in the world.
He continued: "In the back of my mind, if it doesn't happen in the next year it might happen in ten years' time. But there's two fights that didn't take place that I always wanted was Vitali Klitschko and Tyson Fury.
"I didn't realise how at the time Tyson Fury was struggling with John McDermott and Steve Cunningham, so at the time I didn't realise how important that victory would've been if it would've happened.
"Obviously now…it's a few years on from those days. What someone needs to beat Tyson Fury hasn't been showed before. Little shades of him getting knocked down here and there, but he looks as unbeatable as any heavyweight on the planet right now."
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