Saturday, February 3, 2007

Call me Stitch. Veteran cutman helps fighters keep fighting in boxing and MMA


LAS VEGAS (CP) - If you're a boxer or mixed martial arts fighter and you're bleeding, Jacob Duran is the man you want in your corner.

Known simply as Stitch throughout the sport, the 55-year-old Duran is an elite cutman. His job is to help look after the safety of fighters while allowing them to do what they do best.

"It's an odd trade, it's a great trade," Duran told The Canadian Press in an interview prior to Saturday night's UFC 67: All or Nothing card at the Mandalay Bay. "I think I've the best job in the world."

In the boxing world, Duran has worked with the Klitschko brothers, Fernando Vargas, Diego Corrales, Johnny Tapia and Mike McCallum, among others. He even appeared in the latest Rocky movie as cutman to the fighter played by Antonio Tarver.

And he is omnipresent at UFC fights.

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