Wayne Alexander has suffered what could prove to be a fatal blow in his boxing comeback after breaking his ankle in training.

But the former WBU light-middleweight champion has insisted: "I'll be back."

Alexander was forced to spend four nights in Mayday Hospital recovering from an operation after falling awkwardly on his ankle when attempting to jump over a gate while running last Monday.

Surgeons were forced to insert two pins and a metal plate into his leg, meaning the 34-year-old will not be able to do any physical work for at least two months leaving Alexander's career in the balance.

The Croydon-boxer was gearing up for his long-awaited ring return after spending 10 months in the wilderness after his first-round defeat to Serge Vigne last December.

But he has been forced to put his comeback on hold after the unlucky injury.

He said: "Things were looking good for me to fight before the end of the year - but now I can't fight for at least six months.

"All my plans have gone out the window and I'm absolutely gutted.

"I had got my passion back for the sport and now it's been taken away from me.

He added: "I've had a terrible year and this has topped it all off."

Alexander now faces and agonising two weeks before he finds out the full extent of the injured ankle - but has vowed to make a boxing return despite the blow and has looked to heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield for inspiration.

"I'll be back - that's 100 per cent definite.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and I will come back stronger.

"I still believe that I have a future in the sport - just look at Evander Holyfield, he was at the top of his game until he was 44 and I'm 34.

He added: "I feel like I've underachieved in my career and I still want to put that right."