Mike Hayton treats boxing champion

Consultant Hand Surgeon and founding member of OrthTeam, Mike Hayton, has successfully treated boxing champion Tony 'Bomber' Bellew.

As well as his career as a professional boxer, Tony recently showcased his legendary boxing abilities starring alongside Sylvester Stallone in 'Creed', the latest film in the Rocky Balboa franchise, playing boxer 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan. 

As a professional boxer, Tony has had his share of injuries “At one point I had a very serious hand injury and I was basically no longer able to throw a punch. Thankfully Mike saved my hand and if anything it's now stronger than it was before.”

Mike offered advice for anyone looking at getting into boxing Mike and suggests a number of measures you can take to avoid injury:

  • Wrap your hands well - ask a trainer to show you how to do it properly, or alternatively buy ‘pre-formed’ wraps.
  • Consider gel padded gloves, but ensure they’re not going to slip as this can cause skin abrasion. 
  • Warm up before impact. Don’t punch straight away, it’s important to get your blood pumping first. 
  • Gradually build up your impact force over several months. 
  • Whilst boxing can be a great stress reliever, don’t take your anger out on the bags. Stay calm and in control at all times. 
  • Avoid hitting hard bags with too much force, but use pads and speed balls instead.
  • Stop if your hands or wrists start to hurt, and seek medical advice if they continue to cause problems. 

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