Coach: Spong will have 'no issues' once broken shin heals

Tyrone Spong's shin meets Gokhan Saki's knee - and loses - GLORY Sports International

You might think having suffered a broken shin would be the kind of thing to make you think twice about throwing low kicks in the future. Not according to Henri Hooft. The head striking coach at The Blackzilians says Tyrone Spong will recover 100%, mentally and physically, from the injury he suffered against Gokhan Saki last month.

Tyrone Spong won't suffer any lasting physical or psychological damage after breaking his shin in April, according to his coach Henri Hooft.

Spong suffered the injury against Gokhan Saki in the final of the GLORY 15 ISTANBUL light-heavyweight tournament. The win secured Saki the world title.


Hooft is the main striking coach at The Blackzilians, where he also numbers the likes of Vitor Belfort and Anthony ‘Rumble' Johnson among his charges.

An experienced kickboxer and trainer, he tells the official GLORY website that the injury is rare but not unknown and that in his experience, recovery will be total.

"It was just one of those things. Saki blocked with a knee-block and the shin just broke. It can happen in this sport, I saw it three or four times. My brother has a gym in Holland and he had it with two guys.

One guy broke his shin in two places and came back to fighting and became a champion. The other guy broke the patella on his knee and also came back to full fighting fitness. Tyrone is going to be fine.

He is 28 years old and this is his first real injury, he is going to be OK. And it's only a broken bone. We have these injuries in kickboxing but if you look at MMA they have more injuries, ligament problems and a lot of knee problems and knee surgeries.

This is just a broken bone. It will heal and he will come back to training as normal.

Will there be any psychological hangover? I don't think so. You might think twice about kicking but equally you might think ‘Well, the leg has a pin in it now, it is stronger than ever.

Plus when [kickboxers] throw a kick it is automatic, it is trained into us so we do it without thinking. The kicks will just flow as normal."

Spong still faces a considerable spell on the sidelines, though as he has already posted videos of himself walking around training lightly, perhaps not as long as might be anticipated.

In the meantime, GLORY's next event takes place Saturday June 21 with a double-header event in California, USA.

First of all, GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES will air live on SPIKE TV and features a four-man Featherweight Contender Tournament (former WEC champion Miguel Torres is taking part) plus Mirko ‘CroCop' Filipovic's first ever kickboxing match on US soil.

When that event concludes, proceedings immediately head into the GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING pay-per-view.

That card is billed as the biggest in the history of kickboxing and has three world titles on the line.

In the Middleweight Championship Tournament, the world's eight best middleweight strikers are throwing down for the World Middleweight Championship.

Bitter rivals Joe ‘Stitch Em Up' Schilling and Wayne Barrett are representing the USA while Simon Marcus represents Canada and Alex Pereira represents Brazil.

Russian standout Artem Levin, ranked #1 in the world, is part of the Eastern European presence, the other being Bogdan Stoica of Romania.

Filip Verlinden of Belgium and Melvin Manhoef of Suriname represent both their homelands and, given their training locations, the kickboxing powerhouse of Holland.

As well as the tournament, the pay-per-view also features a heavyweight grudge match between Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line.

Plus, Marc De Bonte will make his first defense of the World Welterweight Championship when he faces Canada's own ‘Bazooka' Joe Valtellini. Keep an eye on Bloody Elbow today for the first of Fraser Coffeen's in-depth pieces on Valtellini.

In the US, the LAST MAN STANDING pay-per-view is priced at $34.95.

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