Welsh champ Kieran Gething to undergo surgery ready for 2021 ring return

Welsh champ Kieran Gething to undergo surgery ready for 2021 ring return

Published On Monday, November 2, 2020By Tim Rickson
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Injured Welsh Area super-lightweight champion Kieran Gething to go under the knife

Pontypool puncher Kieran Gething (9-2-2, 2KOs) was forced to pull out of his last fight with Irishman Gary Cully (11-0, 5KOs) on August 26, due to an elbow injury.

Since then, the 26-year-old has been receiving scans on his left elbow to identify the issue, 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.

“I’m pleased to have finally received a date for the operation now,” said a relieved Gething. “It’s been put back a bit because of the delays from COVID.

“It feels like receiving a fight date, because now I have something in the diary to aim towards. It means I’ll be able to come back in the New Year and pick my career up again.”

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.”

There’s an MTK show coming up week on Wednesday, November 11, featuring Scottish star Lee McGregor in a European bantamweight title fight with the champion Karim Guerfi.

Also signed to MTK Global, Gething is looking forward to watching the event, “I’m looking forward to watching that because Lee McGregor is going all the way to the top, I believe, especially now he has joined Tyson Fury’s old trainer, Ben Davison.

“These MTK shows don’t always have the biggest names, but their policy is to have 50-50 fan-friendly fights. My last fight on one of their shows was meant to be with unbeaten Gary Cully, which would have been an intriguing contest. They match everyone really well and even the fights that aren’t necessarily 50-50 on paper are extremely tough tests. Jono Carroll wasn’t meant to lose to Maxi Hughes, but he did, and then Hughes went on to sign for MTK, and then KO’d a European prospect and now he’s ranked in the top 15 in the world with the WBC.”

The McGregor-Guerfi event will be televised live on iFL TV and ESPN+ on November 11.

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