Max Lally at the IMMMAF World Championships 2022
SBG Naas's Max Lally has been forced to withdraw from his quarter final bout with Behruz Khurshedzoda due to a shoulder injury. The junior lightweight suffered the injury early in his previous clash and despite securing victory in that one, is now unable to continue further.
The eighteen year-old took to Instagram to announce his withdrawal and said he was "absolutely heartbroken." The news comes as a huge disappointment to both fans and media members alike, as Lally had garnered huge fanfare off the back of his two tournament wins.
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The lightweight had been the standout performer of the Irish contingent in Abu Dhabi, having secured a second round submission in his first outing of the tournament. That win was following the day after by a dominant unanimous decision win over Bat Ochir Batsaikhan, where the injury occurred. The setback in no doubt a disappointment to the young athlete and his team but even during his reduced time in competition, Lally showed there is a bright future for him in the sport of MMA.
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