Pontypool puncher, Kieran Gething (9-2-2, 2KOs), was forced to pull out of his last fight with Irishman Gary Cully in August due to an elbow injury, which will now require surgery on December 9.
MRI scan results from August revealed a bony fleck of floating material in his left elbow and signs of calcification as well. The operation aims to remove the material, which is causing Gething much pain and restriction, with around six weeks recovery time.
"My operation on my injured elbow is next Wednesday, December 9," the 26-year-old said. "I feel a bit tentative about it all right now, although I’m keen to eventually become injury free.
"Going private is costing me a lot of money, so hopefully there’s enough left in the pot to pay for a decent training camp afterwards so I can get back to fighting early next year."
The Welshman, who was a multiple national amateur champion, runs his own construction company G.Gething & Sons.
"I’ll have to take it easy at work for a little while after, but once healed then it’s all systems go! 2020 has been a write-off so 2021 is going to be the year for me.”
The super-lightweight’s last fight was back in November last year when he reached a stalemate with Londoner Jeff Ofori (10-3-1, 3KOs) in the Golden Contract quarter-finals, which means he hasn’t fought at all in 2020.
Despite this setback, the optimist is staying positive about the recent news. “I always like to look at things positively. I’ve accepted that 2020 has been taken off the table, but I’m optimistically looking ahead to getting better and fighting again.
“I suppose the injury has come at the best time, if I’m putting a positive spin on things. There’s a lot of people out there in far worse positions than me. At least I was given a fight date. The phone was ringing then with fights, so hopefully it’ll ring again when I’m fit and ready.
“All being well, I can start training six weeks after the op. It won’t be flat-out training or punching, I’d have to ease back into it, just strengthening it, but I could be ready to fight in February, which is only a few months from now.”
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