While suffering a surprising 11th round stoppage defeat to Tony Bellew in March, former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye also received news soon after the fight about a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Haye then had surgery and received orders to wear a protective boot around his foot for the time being.

Haye, who says he is not done with Bellew just yet, has stepped back into the gym. With the rematch in mind Haye has stated that his recovery is going as expected and he is now walking without assistance and pain-free.

Haye has had serious problems in terms of movement and speed, but the former champion is determined that he will be running again.

“I’m out of my boot and walking. It’s slow progress, but I am going in the right direction,” Haye said.

 

“No pain. That’s going to improve bit by bit every day until I am fully running again.”

Haye suffered the injury in the sixth round during the fight against Bellew. With Haye visibly limping in the ring Bellew seized the opportunity and tormented ‘The Hayemaker’ with a series of power shots later in the fight. Shane McGuigan, Haye’s trainer, had no other option but to throw in the towel after Bellew dropped Haye through the ropes in the eleventh.