Robert Glasson-Wilesmith trains at the Ipswich PCYC. His world title bid has been postponed because of injury.
Robert Glasson-Wilesmith trains at the Ipswich PCYC. His world title bid has been postponed because of injury. Claudia Baxter

Injury postpones world title chase

A RUPTURED bicep tendon hasn't deterred Robert Glasson-Wilesmith in his bid to become a world champion.

The Mt Crosby martial artist was scheduled to fight the US's Mike Sheppard for the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) cruiserweight title on December 3.

However an injury suffered in training last week has forced the fight, at the Gold Coast's Skilled Park, to be postponed until March 24.

Glasson-Wilesmith was fortunate to have his injury operated on soon after it occurred, going under the knife on Friday.

"I saw the director of orthopaedic surgeons in Brisbane," he said.

"He had a cancellation.

"Usually you have to wait six months to see him but I was able to get in straight after my injury."

The injury came in training while Glasson-Wilesmith was sparring.

"I tore it completely off the bone," he said.

"I was sparring against a big Polynesian boy, who weighs 125kg.

"He dropped his elbow as I was doing a body rip."

Glasson-Wilesmith refuses to let the injury deter him.

"I spoke to the venue, the sponsors and the fighters on the under card," he said.

"Everyone's really supportive."

He is even taking positives out of the situation.

"I'm doing something I haven't done in a long, long time," Glasson-Wilesmith said.

"Taking a week off training."

That's all he will get and all he wants.

"My strength and conditioning trainer said 'Your arm represents 15% of your capabilities. You've still got 85% to work with'."

Glasson-Wilesmith is confident the injury will be a distant memory by the time he gets into the ring in March.

"The doc said I can do light exercise until Christmas and after that can start cutting loose," he said.

"It's made me even more determined.

"It gives me a lot more time to work with now to get more physically and mentally ready."



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