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By Paul Upham in Phoenix, Arizona: After Kostya Tszyu was forced out of his rematch with Sharmba Mitchell last February after tearing tendons in his left shoulder, coming on the back of an Achilles tendon injury, long time trainer Johnny Lewis was not sure that the undisputed junior welterweight champion could make it back to the ring in November.
"Initially, with the shoulder injury coming straight after the Achilles injury, at 35 years of age, you start to wonder if his body is starting to break up," Lewis told SecondsOut. "I went into this preparation not 100% certain it was the right thing to do and looking for signs that something was going to happen."
However, it didn't take long for Lewis, who has also trained former world champions Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and Virgil Hill, to be convinced that the Russian born Australian citizen would be able to return to his best physical condition and form once again.