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David Haye returns to Beckenham home after surgery on Achilles tendon ruptured in defeat to Tony Bellew at O2 Arena

PUBLISHED: 09:58 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:58 07 March 2017

David Haye takes on Tony Bellew during the heavyweight contest at The O2. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

David Haye takes on Tony Bellew during the heavyweight contest at The O2. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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The heavyweight moved to the town in 2010

Heavyweight David Haye has returned to his Beckenham home after surgery on the Achilles tendon he ruptured in his defeat to Tony Bellew at the weekend.

The 36-year-old, who moved to the town in 2010, underwent an operation on his right leg on Sunday after sustaining the injury in the sixth round of the bout at London’s O2 Arena.

“Home from Achilles reattachment surgery. I’m overwhelmed with your Positivity, Love & Support. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you all,” Haye tweeted.

The injury severely hampered Haye as it rendered him largely immobile and barely able to stay on his feet, suffering official knockdowns in the sixth and 11th rounds amid the numerous times he hit the canvas.

Haye had previously been heavily criticised when after his defeat by Wladimir Klitschko he blamed a broken toe, but discussing his ankle he said: “It is what it is, we get injuries in this game.

“Sometimes you work round them but unfortunately it was my right leg, if it had been my left I might have had more of a chance.

“I dished out my best effort, it wasn’t good enough and I was beaten fair and square. The better man won. All credit to him.

“I always knew he was tough, I always knew he had a big heart and I congratulate him. He did what he needed to do and I would love the opportunity to do it again. The ball is in his court.”

The victory will likely prove the finest of WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew’s career, and he said: “No-one has ever been able to stop David on his feet.

“I’m honoured because in my eyes I beat the best cruiserweight this country has ever produced and one of the best heavyweights.

“He made the same mistake everybody else does. He underestimated me.

“I can’t believe what I’ve done. Me and Eddie [Hearn, my promoter] resurrected my career; I was finished when I came to Eddie. I’m so indebted to him and his dad [Barry].”

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