Mohammad Hussamuddin, formerly bronze medalist at Men’s World Boxing Championship, is having a pretty difficult time in his career after an injury left him in splits.The 29-year-old boxer hurt his knee during the recent Men’s World Boxing Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 30 to May 14.
The national team arrived back in India earlier this week and Hussamuddin is now undergoing preliminary treatment in New Delhi. In an interview, Hussamuddin got emotional when the discussion came around his damaged left knee, which may rule him out of the Asian Games coming up later this year. Enhance your Boxing viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
His 57kg quarterfinal bout against Bulgaria’s J Diaz Ibanez in the World Championships turned out to be a tough fight, says Hussamuddin. The Indian won 4-3 but damaged his knee in the process.
“The Bulgarian boxer often resorted to rough play and I hurt my left knee badly in the last 10 seconds of the third round,” Hussamuddin recalls. “The knee got swollen and I had to pull out of my semifinal bout against Cuba’s Saidel Horta.”
According to the boxer, a preliminary medical examination has revealed that the nature of the injury is not as serious as they initially thought. However, it is going to take a lot of time for him to recuperate and wear the gloves again.
“I went to the doctor for examination and got MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) done,” the world bronze medalist told Sportskeeda over the phone. Treatment has started and the talented pugilist should be better in the coming days, as per his own estimate.
“I’ve restricted my movement and taken precautions to recover,” he added. At the World Boxing Championships, for the first time in the history of Indian boxing, three athletes entered the medal round.
Besides Mohammad Hussamuddin, Deepak Bhoria (51kg) and Nishant Dev (71kg) were the other two Indian boxers who reached the semis. All three Indian boxers won bronze medals in their respective weight categories.
Hussamuddin says his next goal is to compete at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September in China. The Asian Games are among the Paris Olympic Games qualification events and the Indian boxer doesn’t want to miss that chance. Although the seriousness of the injury does not rule him out for a long time, there are some doubts cast over his participation in this event. Follow Nextbet Sports to get the latest updates from the world of boxing.