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David Haye: Mission To Get Title Still The Same - I'm a Warrior!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former two division world champion David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) is fully focused on return to the ring by the end of the year, with the heavyweight world title being his target.

Haye suffered a huge setback earlier this month at the O2 Arena in London, when he was stopped in eleven rounds by huge underdog Tony Bellew, who was moving up from the cruiserweight division.

Last January, Haye returned to the sport after more than three years of being away and postponing fights. He picked up two easy wins before finalizing the deal to face Bellew.

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During the sixth round of the fight with Bellew, Haye suffered a serious Achilles injury and that was the beginning of the end for him in the fight. His trainer Shane McGuigan was forced to throw in the towel in the eleventh.

Haye underwent surgery for the injury and he is expected to make a full recovery in six to nine months.

Many critics believe that loss to Bellew was the end of Haye's career. The boxer is 36 years old, went through numerous injuries over the years and it's going to be a hard road back.

Haye is determined to make it back to the top.

"Boxing is a tough way to earn a living but some of us are born for this and I believe I am," Haye told Sky Sports. "When the going gets tough I know I will fight in the ring until my very last breath and I believe most world-class fighters have that same mindset. My mission objective hasn't changed [becoming a world heavyweight champion]. If anything I've proved to people I genuinely want it.

"After achieving so much in my career there were a lot of question marks about whether or not I really wanted to box and I think I proved to people that I am still a fighter, that I am a warrior and that this is what I want to do. I'm happy with the way the surgery went, I'm happy with the physiotherapy and I'm happy with what the doctors are saying with regard to the injury and my recovery.

"Once I'm healed up before the end of the year I believe my best will be better than my effort [against Bellew] on March 4."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 03-21-2017

[QUOTE=Nusky;17528005]He is a bit past his prime. He can still be competitive​ with a majority of the heavyweights today. If he gets healthy, trims the weight back down and tempers his expectations (at least on the initial comeback) he'll be…

Comment by Nusky on 03-21-2017

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17526606]A healthy David Haye is a nightmare for top heavyweights, but sadly I think he's past his prime[/QUOTE] He is a bit past his prime. He can still be competitive​ with a majority of the heavyweights today. If he gets…

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 03-21-2017

A healthy David Haye is a nightmare for top heavyweights, but sadly I think he's past his prime

Comment by lex_fugitive on 03-20-2017

So he talked a lot of nonsense and got a fight with a Klitschko for it. Then he retired, he knew he wasn't all that, he got his payday and got out. Done spent all that money now and he's…

Comment by moltres. on 03-20-2017

*new to boxing* oh okay cool, david haye, ill check his boxing record. *david haye boxing record*, cool boxrec David Haye, 3 Loss', WTF, let me check hes most recent. TONY BELLEW TKO? whos tony bellew. Click tony bellew. You…

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