- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was feeling chipper and looking forward to his next title defense on Tuesday, one day after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. It was also revealed that Martinez had surgery on an ankle problem as well.
Both injuries happened during his decision victory against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas.
Martinez had the surgery in Madrid, Spain, where he used to live. The procedure was performed by Dr. Villamor Perez, the personal physician for the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.
"I am very, very happy with how the operation went," Martinez said in a statement. "I will be rehabbing for two or so weeks and then I will be back in the gym and begin preparations for my next title defense, which will take place next year in my native Argentina. This will be my first fight there in many years, and I am really looking forward to defending my title in front of all of my great fans in Argentina."
"It was an absolutely perfect operation," said Miguel Angel de Pablos, Martinez's business manager. "Dr. Villamor Perez did a magnificent job, and we couldn't have been any happier with the outcome. Sergio will immediately begin working with our own personal doctor, Raquel Bordons, on his rehab, and will be back in the gym very soon."
Martinez was an obscure fighter when he last fought in Argentina, in 2002. Now he is one of boxing's biggest names and looking forward to an April 27 homecoming fight.
"We are very pleased that Sergio's surgery was successful with no complications," promoter Lou DiBella said. "He'll be back on his feet in a few weeks and able to train shortly thereafter. He'll have no problem getting ready for an April fight, and we hope to help him realize his dream" of defending the title in Argentina.