PROFESSIONAL BOXER Andy Kremner is back in light training after having career-saving shoulder surgery.
The 24-year-old welterweight from Delph, who didn’t fight in 2016 due to his problems, is hoping his annus horrilis is behind him and he will soon be back in the ring.
Kremner, whose last bout was on October 25, 2015 when he made it six wins out of six against Danny Little at the Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Park, is desperate to make up for lost time.
He said: “I hope to be back in action at the end of March or in April and have a couple of warm-up fights.
“If they go well, there is talk of me being fastracked for a Central Area title towards the end of the year.”
It had been Kremner’s plan to fight for a title in 2016 before his career was interrupted by what initially appeared a minor muscle pull to his chest.
This later affected his bicep and ultimately he dislocated his shoulder as all the muscles are connected.
Kremner explained: “I knew something was wrong and had been resting and strengthening those muscles and thought I was alright.
“I was having one last sparring session before a fight in the spring with an unbeaten pro from London. I threw a shot over the top with my right and my shoulder came clean out of the socket.”
Kremner required an operation in the summer to tighten the muscles that attach the biceps to the shoulder, something known as SLAP surgery.
And since then there has been a long road to recovery that Kremner described as “torture”.
He said: “I have wanted to hit the roof with nothing to do as I am always very active.
“It has been a nightmare and the worst year of my life.”
Kremner is easing himself back into action because he is acutely aware of the consequences if he breaks down again.
“My surgeon was pleased how the operation went but has warned me if it goes again, that is it. I know I am in the last chance saloon,” he admitted.