By Jacob "Stitch" Duran
With over 30 years experience in combat sports, to include boxing, MMA and kickboxing, I have been fortunate enough to work with many of the great fighters, past and present, to include Johnny Tapia, Raul Marquez, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Randy Courture, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva and many more.
One thing I have learned through the years of working with these fighters is that every one of these gladiators depends on a trainer or cutman to make sure their hands are properly wrapped.
Having wrapped over a thousand hands, I have seen just about every pre-fight injury such as bruised knuckles, damaged metacarpals, sprained thumbs and weak wrists.
Having a good hand wrap is essential in making the fighter feel comfortable knowing that his hands are secured enough to minimize the probability of getting injured.
Does gauze and tape make a difference? Yes it does!
Along with using Old School Super Gauze from TITLE Boxing, I also use my new and improved STITCH PREMIUM Athletic Tape.
STITCH PREMIUM is the first of its kind in combat sports to be water repellant. It also offers serrated edges for easy ripping.
Along with those benefits STITCH PREMIUM Athletic Tape easily conforms to the hand giving you that knockout power.
Jacob "Stitch" Duran is professional boxing and mixed martial arts cutman. He's worked with
the top athletes in both sports, including Urijah Faber, Forrest Griffin, Cain Velasquez, Anderson Silva, Andre Ward, the Klitschko brothers, Chris Algieri and plenty more.