HE may not be trading punches with the boxers himself – but doctor Mike Kipling will be closer than most to the world’s finest boxers at the Olympic Games this summer.
Mike, 30, has been chosen to be a ringside doctor at the London Games, which kick off in just 49 days time.
And to make what will be a fantastic experience even more special, Mike will literally have a ringside seat when Hartlepool’s boxing world champion Savannah Marshall goes for gold,
Mike has followed the progress of super Savannah’s career closely, as he is well connected with the Headland Boxing Gym where she trains.
His dad, Dave, was a GP in Hartlepool for many years and was a boxing medical officer in the area.
In fact, it was Dave who introduced Mike to the world of sport when he was just a youngster.
Despite following in his father’s footsteps, Mike opted to go down a different medical path and is now a general surgeon.
But his close links with boxing remain, and due to his work at the Headland Boxing Gym and the many contacts he has acquired, Mike is now a registered doctor for the Amateur Boxing Association and British Boxing Board of Control.
Although Mike is now vastly experienced, he realises that the chance to be involved in an Olympic Games isn’t something that comes around too often.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Mike, who lives with his wife, Reem, 29, a trainee GP in Hawthorn, near Peterlee.
“I am very excited, I do feel it’s very London-centric and it’s a shame they couldn’t get more of the events here, but I think it will be absolutely fantastic.”
Mike, who is currently working in Carlisle, will make the trip to London at the end of next month where he will stay for two weeks and work 10 full-day shifts.
“They are going to be long days, but it’s not exactly going to feel like work,” he added.
“It’s an honour to be able to be involved.
“At the end of the day, to work with the world’s top boxers and to see Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall in a home Olympics is going to be a great thing.
“To see any Hartlepool athlete do as well is brilliant. Savannah is so young and has worked so hard to get to where she is now, it’s brilliant.”
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