ORLANDO –Tyrone Spong may be done with mixed martial arts for good. And possibly kickboxing, too.
The Blackzilians fighter who has been splitting time between kickboxing and MMA over the last few years is still plagued by lingering issues with his right leg, which he fractured in gruesome fashion against Gokhan Saki at Glory 15 in April 2014. Though he held multiple titles as a kickboxer, he competed just twice in professional MMA events, both under the World Series of Fighting banner. Spong defeated Travis Bartlett and Angel DeAnda in 2013, and was slated to face Jake Huen at WSOF 26 on Dec. 18 before falling out after complications with the injury.
His longtime coach at the Blackziians Henri Hooft, who is in Orlando this week helping Michael Johnson prepare for his UFC on FOX 17 bout with Nate Diaz, said the injury may be directing him to the boxing ring.
“It’s very difficult, because all the time it’s the same, the knee, the leg,” Hooft told MMA Fighting. “I mean, it’s not a big thing [this time], but it’s still hurting him, it’s just, it’s dangerous. Another thing is Tyrone is very into boxing. A lot of the big names are all asking about him. That’s more money, and Tyrone is so good at everything, it’s so difficult.
“I talked to him a couple of weeks ago, [and told him to] make a decision. You can’t fight MMA with those injuries, make some money at boxing, because he spars with the best guys in the gym in Miami. Every trainer says, you need to go to boxing. They all say it, that he’s going to do great in boxing.”
The 30-year old Spong has been training at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Miami with Pedro Diaz. ….View full article
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