David Haye steps up recovery as he removes protective boot
- David Haye has stepped up his recovery as is walking again without assistance
- Haye had been wearing a protective boot for a month following Tony Bellew loss
- 36-year-old has targeted a rematch with Bellew once he is back in fighting shape
- Haye has targeted making gradual improvements until he is ready to make return
David Haye has taken his first tentative steps since requiring a protective boot following his painful defeat by Tony Bellew during their heavyweight encounter at London’s O2 Arena.
Haye spent a fortnight last month recuperating in Ibiza, but he has returned to London to build up his fitness ahead of a return to the ring later this year – and he had good news for his army of fans.
The 36-year-old has posted a short video of himself on Twitter telling his followers: ‘Hi guys, I’m finally out of my boot, and it’s time to start walking with no support.
David Haye has stepped up his recovery by removing the protective boot from his right foot
Haye slowly walks to the end of the corridor in a bid to improve the strength in his foot
‘It’s slow progress, but I’m going in the right direction. No pain, nice improvement everyday, bit by bit by bit, until I’m running 100 percent. It’s a very happy day.’
National interest in British boxing experienced a spike after Anthony Joshua’s stunning 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley, and Haye will be determined to get back into peak condition at the earliest opportunity.
Haye pulled out of media commitments at Wembley this weekend at the 11th hour owing to a family birthday, which denied him his first face-to-face meeting with Bellew since their fight two months ago.
The former two-weight world champion has been heavily linked with a fight against UFC star Jimi Manuwa and talks between the two camps have already begun.
Haye was due to undertake media duties with Tony Bellew but pulled out at the last minute
Bellew was present for Anthony Joshua’s win but Haye had to tend to a family commitment
Haye required Achilles surgery after his loss to Bellew, in which he was on the receiving end of a barrage of punches as the WBC world cruiserweight champion turned the screw in the later rounds.
The Bermondsey-born fighter showed his bravery by fighting on against the Liverpudlian despite rupturing his Achilles in the sixth round, and Haye would appear ready to show his battling qualities once more in the autumn of his boxing career.
But having popped into Third Space in London to see physio Kevin Lidlow last week to have a check on his foot six weeks after his operation, Haye has received the green light to begin walking without a protective boot.
The next step in his rehabilitation will be more use of the Compex muscle stimulator over the troublesome area, and Haye will speak to students at the Oxford Union on Tuesday night.