The doctor who examined Yuri Foreman’s torn meniscus during the Miguel Cotto fight expects him to make a full recovery, according to The New York Daily News.
Dr. Gerard Varlotta said if Foreman, the former WBA super welterweight champ, has surgery done on his right knee, it could restore his trademark speed and increase his punching power.
Foreman apparently tore the meniscus in his right knee during the seventh round of his bout against Cotto. As a consequence, he was unable to move side to side and became a virtual punching bag for Cotto’s huge haymakers.
Foreman’s trainer threw in the towel in the eighth round, but in one the most bizarre moves by a referee in the history of boxing, the ref threw the towel out of the ring angrily and asked Foreman if he wanted to continue—to which he replied yes.
From there, Foreman made it only one more round, and was TKO’d in the ninth.
Now, coming off of his first defeat in his professional career, Foreman wants a rematch, but will he get one? I don’t think so.
Cotto is back on top of his game again. This fight against Foreman was the perfect confidence booster for the Puerto Rican boxer, who considered retiring if he didn’t come out of Yankee Stadium victorious.
Cotto probably would be open to the idea of fighting Foreman again, if he wasn’t plotting revenge on some of his former opponents as well.
Cotto’s win over a worthy opponent could put him back in the ring with Manny Pacquiao or Antonio Margarito—both of whom defeated Cotto by way of knockout. Cotto was also mentioned in conversation with Venezuelan boxing champ Sergio Martinez.
Foreman will probably be unhappy with the outcome, if Cotto declines the rematch, but he only has himself to blame. Even before the Foreman knee injury, two judges had the bout scored 79-73, while the third marked 78-74 all for Cotto.
That being said, Foreman will likely have to go back to the drawing board and sort through his options.
Don’t get me wrong, Foreman still has plenty of opportunities to fight great boxers, but as for now his shot at another championship begins with surgery.