Yuri Foreman to have knee surgery
Former WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus and stretched ligaments in his right knee.
The Associated Press first reported it.
Foreman, whose knee gave way in the seventh round of his fight against Miguel Cotto on Saturday at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, met with Dr. Gerard Varlotta at the Rusk Institute on Monday and was told he would need the surgery.
Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) lost by TKO in the ninth to Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs).
“I will need surgery and I don’t know yet how big it is,” Foreman said in an interview with the AP. “I’m going to find out soon, probably in the next day or two.”
No date for the surgery has been set.
Foreman received a lot of credit for continuing the fight despite suffering the injury in the seventh.
In the middle of the eighth, Foreman's corner threw in the towel in an effort to end the fight. Dozens of people entered the ring believing the fight was over, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. didn't officially call an end to the bout. He approached Foreman and asked him if he wanted to continue. Foreman decided to fight on.
After a brief commotion in the ring, famed ring announcer Michael Buffer told the crowd the fight was not over.
Foreman fought on, but fell to his knees after taking a hard left to the body from Cotto. Mercante called an end to the fight after that blow.