Andy Souwer put forth a valiant display this weekend at the It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament, making it to the semi-finals against Artur Kyshenko before losing the fight. Souwer and Kyshenko were easily the two favorites going into the tournament this weekend, with Robin Van Roosmalen as a possible spoiler in the mix who did exactly that by defeating Kyshenko in the Finals.
There were reports of Andy Souwer's condition post-fight claiming that he had possibly fracturing his shin bone, which to many of us made Souwer look tougher than nails as he was competing on a severe injury and still didn't look bad. There was even video of Souwer being strapped into a stretcher and being taken from the arena (8:00 in) to confirm the story.
We are now told this afternoon that the extent of Souwer's injuries are not as bad as originally believed. Instead of a fracturing shin he suffered a compacted or trapped nerve in his shin. Basically, if you've ever had a pinched nerve before think of it like that, only this happens from an outside force pushing on a nerve so hard that it becomes compacted. Your nerves serve as the communication device between your nervous system and your brain. They recognize things like hot, cold and pain, so if they become compacted they are only reporting one thing to your brain; pain. Intense, overwhelming pain.
So if Andy Souwer looked wobbly in the third round, the fact that he was even able to stand was amazing, never mind fight by throwing kicks and knees. Hats off to Andy Souwer who should be back up and running within three weeks.