David Haye believes he was born to fight in the ring and is certain his warrior mentality will hasten his return to the sport.
The British heavyweight boxer is on his way to recovery from an Achilles injury after having surgery done.
Haye sustained the injury in the sixth round of his loss to Tony Bellew, but kept fighting until the 11th round, when Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to save him.
“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 during an appearance at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards [BEDSAs].
“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.”