David Haye says no retirement, eyes Tony Bellew II before world title

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Lawrence Lustig

David Haye will not be hanging up his gloves after suffering a ruptured achilles in losing to Tony Bellew last weekend.

The 36 year-old, who was highly fancied to win at the O2 Arean, went down to an eleventh round stoppage after struggling to power through the injury.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday, Haye stated the Bellew loss would not be the last the fans would see of him

“I live to fight another day and I will fight another day. No doubt about it, I have never been more sure about it.”

On his recuperation, Haye added: “Other athletes have come back in six to nine months after the same injury, I am in a good condition, a healthy-living person and I am looking forward to getting back in there.”

Asked his thoughts on Bellew possibly retiring, the former two-weight title holder added: “I never envisaged losing this fight, if Tony Bellew does retire – and I truly hope he doesn’t – then I will carry on in my path to be number one in the world.

“But it is only fair to the fans to rematch against the guy who beat me. If that does not happen, then I will find a way to challenge for the heavyweight title. I believe after sharing a ring with him, he will want to do it again.”

Bellew, speaking himself to BBC Radio 5 Live, said this regarding a potential Haye return: “It’s an option. It’s something I’m thinking about.”