Haye's attention then turned to an all-British showdown with Audley Harrison in November.
In one of the most hyped bouts in years, Haye proved a class above his opponent, stopping Harrison in the third round after a blistering barrage of punches.
The 30-year-old now has his sights set on the Klitschko brothers as he bids to unify the heavyweight division before his self-imposed retirement deadline of October next year.
Former boxing champion of the world Lennox Lewis was the last heavyweight boxer to lift the Sports Personality of the Year trophy in 1999 and Londoner Haye will have the opportunity to follow in his hero's footsteps in Birmingham.
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