GLORY World Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov underwent surgery to repair his chronically injured right hand Friday in the city of Alkmaar, Netherlands.
Vakhitov re-injured the hand during his successful title defense against Donegi Abena at GLORY 66 last month in Paris.
The Siberian slugger was forced to fight from the southpaw stance during the bout, but dug down and prevailed over the Surinamese challenger by close five-round split decision.
Issues with his right hand have limited the champion to just four ring appearances in the last 29 months.
The fighter says yesterday’s operation was “successful” and “the mood is great.”
“Everything’s fine! Today, in a clinic in the Dutch city of Alkmaar, I had a hand operation performed by Dr. Frederick Van Austerom. A specialist who was trusted with his health by many famous champions – boxers and kickboxers. Until the middle of next week I was recommended to stay in the city until the cast was removed. The operation was successful, I feel good, the mood is great! Thank you all for your support!
Special thanks to Dmitry Nikolaev for the opportunity to receive treatment and recovery at the highest level,” Vakhitov wrote on social media. (Translated)
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