Almost a year after snapping a cruciate ligament, Junior Witter is still limping.
It is not obvious when the former world champion walks normally. But after a hectic training or running session, you can make out the slightly awkward walking style.
Does that irregular stride point to the end of the road for the 36-year-old veteran of 42 campaings?
Not if he follows the lead of his friend and long-term gym-mate Johnny Nelson, according to trainer Dominic Ingle.
“Junior snapped it probably around October or even before, last year, didn’t have an operation until after Christmas and then had his leg in a brace, so there has been a lot of muscle wastage,” said Ingle.
“The progamme we are working on now is to build him up again.
“You can see when he starts to tire after running he starts to shuffle a little as his leg starts to fatigue.
“But Johnny had a similar problem, in fact the doctor told him he’d never be 100 per cent and always walk with a limp. But after months of hard work and rehabilitation, Johnny was doing triathlons and half marathons.
A lot of it is to do with determination and I know Junior will go down the same route as Johnny did.
“He is in the gym at 6.30am in the morning and works on getting stronger two or three time a day. Hopefully, he will be back I the ring before the end of the year.”
Witter’s pedigree, as a former WBC world champ, means he will never be short of opponents. Earlier this month, American southpaw Frankie Figueroa challenged Witter to a contest in England.
“Tell me where to sign and we’ll jump on a plane” he said. “A fight with Witter can help him and myself.”
Ingle remarked: “That would be a crossroads fight for both of them; and I think it would be easy enough for Junior.” Source By Bob Westerdale, www.thestar.co.uk