Former world champion Amir Khan has recently stated that he hopes to return to boxing next year after revealing that he underwent surgery to have one of his hip bones transplanted into his fist.
Having suffered the injury 13 years ago, he has competed with the injury ever since then, altering his boxing style in order to minimise the pain.
Even with the burden of the injury though, his glittering career has shown no indication of his injury hampering his boxing. At the age of 17 he became the youngest British boxing medalist and by 22 he became the youngest ever British world champion, winning the WBA light-welterweight.
He has been out of action since May however, after moving up two weight divisions and suffering a devastating loss to high profile opponent Canelo Alvarez, who managed to knockout Khan.
Despite his absence though, he now feels confident in returning soon after uploading a photo on Instagram of his X-ray scans of his latest surgery, writing: "Operation 1 went well. Operation 2 went better.”
Khan's Instagram post
“I suffered with pain in my right hand for 10 years. I waited and fought through it, as technology got better I decided to get it fixed.”
"There's 2 pictures of operation 1 and 2. The 1st operation I had on the right side of my hand, above my little finger didn't fully recover, therefore I went into to [sic] theatre for a 2nd operation and took off more bone from my hips and fixed the problem with adding an extra screw."
The 29-year-old added: "Already my hand feels amazing. I want to hit the punch bag but doctor has advised me to hold tight and wait for another 4 weeks. I'm itching to punch and use my new hand with 100% power.
"My hands are my tools for boxing.
"I want to be back in the ring 1st quarter of next year 2017. Let's pray it's 100%.”