QUEANBEYAN international kickboxing star Ben Edwards could be out for six months after aggravating a shoulder injury sustained in 2008 that could require surgery and end his chance of more Glory World Series fights this year.
The injury will also temporarily end his 18 month stint as a full time boxer, with a return to office work in his immediate sights with the end of his Glory Sports International contract.
Edwards is still hopeful of returning to the world stage, but fought in his last contracted fight in Denver, USA on May 3 where we went down to veteran Errol Zimmerman.
After initially breaking his shoulder six years ago, he admitted to "over-training" before his Denver fight and said it felt bad two weeks before the fight.
Three weeks after physio work revealed lateral tears, amongst other damages, and should surgery be needed Edward's would have to sit out the remainder of the year.
But in spite of his current drama, he is confident of securing another Glory contract when they go on offer after June 21.
"We're in a bit of limbo at the moment...hopefully I can fight with what my manager Nick Koutzos tees up, and get back with Glory for next year."
Edwards blamed himself for re-injuring his shoulder, saying he "threw 30 ounces per punch" in training and that was too much.
"I had a training session on the Friday three weeks before Denver and everything was good, but then four days later I had another big spar, and afterwards my left shoulder was just killing me," he said.
"Then I did three days of sparring with it which really screwed it up."
Edwards hopes he will not need surgery, and will look to build up his training again once per day as soon as possible.
"I hope to train full time again in the future...to be one of the top guys, it is a full time job," he said.