Surgery successful for Haye as Froch predicts swift comeback

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David Haye is recovering from successful surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles he suffered in his surprise defeat to Tony Bellew, who has hinted he may retire amid calls for a re-match.

Haye, 36, tore the tendon in the sixth round at London's O2 Arena, but fought on until his team threw in the towel in the 11th, the unfancied Bellew triumphing on a technical knockout. 

"Back home now chillin' with feet up, after a very successful Achilles reattachment surgery," Haye said in a message posted on Instagram.

"Strangely after such an action packed fight, I have no aches and pains other then [sic] my freshly Reattached 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. 

"One Love, The Hayemaker."

 

Back home now chillin' with 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 Reattached Achilles. Professor James Frame and Kevin Lidlow are very happy with the outcome of my surgery, and are very confident of a 100% 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. One Love The Hayemaker

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Former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch told Sky Sports he expects his friend Haye to seek a rematch with Bellew.

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

"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.

"David Haye at 36, this isn't the end of his career, I think he's going to come again. He's told me he wants to come again - 100 per cent. He said to me and I quote, 'I will win a heavyweight world title', but I want the rematch with Bellew first."

It remains to be seen if that will happen, though, Bellew telling the BBC he could yet call it quits.

"I don't know how many times more I can put my body and family through this," he said.

Asked specifically about the possibility of hanging up his gloves, he replied: "It's an option. It's something I'm thinking about."