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Boxer’s agonising skin condition ‘cured by a skin graft from his backside’

Jonathan Kumuteo was due to make his professional debut live on BT Sport in April. This was postponed due to the pandemic. (Getty Images)
Jonathan Kumuteo was due to make his professional debut live on BT Sport in April. This was postponed due to the pandemic. (Getty Images)

A professional boxer has opened about an agonising skin condition he endured for years.

Jonathan Kumuteo, 24, from London, developed a mysterious abscess under his right arm in early 2015.

The “very, very painful” boil-like lumps would often burst, leaking blood and pus.

When an abscess appeared on Kumuteo’s left armpit, loved ones suggested he may not be “as hygienic as he should be”, with the ordeal “impacting his mental health immensely”.

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Nearly two years after the first abscess appeared, Kumuteo was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, a painful skin condition that required he take eight antibiotics a day.

With medication failing to help, doctors suggested the then-amateur athlete quit the sport he loved.

Refusing

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