Report: Guram Gugenishvili Hoping to Return in Fall
By FCF Staff
Recently M-1 Global confirmed that the promotion’s heavyweight champion Guram Gugenishvili would not make his U.S. debut as scheduled on July 8th, due to a wrist injury. The highly touted prospect, who has gone 11-0 since turning pro in 2009, had been slated to fight Pat Bennett.
In a report posted on the official M-1 Global site, Gugenishvili confirmed that he injured his wrist while working on a ground punching bag. Although the Ukrainian heavyweight didn’t believe the injury was serious at the time, Gugenishvili added “this one turned out to be more serious and now there are two cysts, one on the tendon and one on the joint of my index finger.”
Gugenishvili will undergo various treatments for the injury, as well as physio for two or three weeks, but surgery will not be required according to the fighter “if all goes well.”
When asked about a possible return date, the 24 year-old Gugenishvili responded:
“If what the doctors say is true, then I will get back to training in 1-2 months and be in ‘fighting shape’ shape by the end August. I truly hope that’s what happens and I’ll be able to defend my belt in the fall. Where and when this takes place is up to the M-1 Global executives. Right now the only thing I’m thinking about is healing my hand and get back to training.”
Kenny Garner was recently confirmed as Gugenishvili’s replacement for the July 8th event. Garner fought Bennett last September and stopped the former collegiate wrestler in the first round.
No venue or location has been announced yet for the July 8th card, which will be broadcast on Showtime.