OLYMPIC bronze medal-winner Tony Jeffries has admitted his boxing career is in doubt because of a chronic long-term hand injury.
The 27-year-old from Sunderland has suffered with hand injuries throughout his career, but the problem became worse after his victory over Paul Morby.
Tony, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, has not fought since September 2011.
He could not even form his hands into a fist in the weeks following the Morby fight, and surgery last October has failed to solve the problem.
But Tony remains optimistic that a new non-surgical treatment may save his career.
He told fans on his Facebook page: “Gutted! Thanks for all the supportive messages it really does mean a lot.
“I’ve been fighting since I was 10, for 17 years now. It can’t be the end just yet, I should get the treatment this week.”
Jeffries consulted specialist surgeon David Slutsky in the United States last week, but the news was not good.
“I went to see him in the suburb of Torrance, California on Thursday to get the terrible news that there’s not much they can do,” said Jeffries.
As a result, the 27-year-old will now resort to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, a pioneering new non-surgical treatment that involves the injection of blood cells into the affected area. However, if that proves unsuccessful, Jeffries will almost certainly have to hang up his gloves.
“I’ve been offered the treatment for free from the same doctor who has given it to so many celebrities and sports stars,” he said. “He wants to do the more advanced treatment where rather than taking blood from my arm, they take it from my bone marrow.”