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David Haye speaks for first time after surgery as heavyweight reveals he's confident of returning to full fitness

Mirror logo Mirror 7/03/2017 Martin Domin

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David Haye is confident of returning to full fitness after rupturing his Achilles against Tony Bellew.

The Londoner had surgery on his right foot yesterday and was released from hospital.

He was injured during the sixth round but battled on bravely until his corner threw in the towel in the penultimate session.

Along with a picture of his leg in a full cast, a statement on Haye's Instagram account read: "Back home now chillin' with my feet up, after a very successful Achilles reattachment surgery.

"Strangely after such an action-packed fight, I have no aches and pains other then my freshly re-attached Achilles.

"Professor James Frame and Kevin Lidlow are very happy with the outcome of my surgery, and are very confident of a 100 per cent recovery back to full fitness.

"I'm truly overwhelmed with all the positive messages of love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

"Time to catch up with family and friends before the rehab programme starts tomorrow night."

Haye faces several months of rehab and is unlikely to fight again this year.

Immediately after his defeat by Bellew, he called for a rematch, but Bellew himself may choose to retire.

His close friend Carl Froch said earlier that the former heavyweight world champion will fight again.

"I don't think it's the end of him," Froch told Sky Sports News . "I spoke to David Haye earlier and he's out of the operation, he's out of theatre.

"The Achilles heel is fixed and he's adamant he will be coming back and he wants to fight again. First and foremost for David Haye, he wants the rematch with Bellew.

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