Foreman expected back in 6 months

Updated: June 11, 2010, 8:35 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Former junior middleweight titlist Yuri Foreman underwent successful right knee surgery on Friday in New York to repair injuries he suffered in his ninth-round knockout loss to Miguel Cotto last Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

During the 90-minute procedure, Dr. Laith M. Jazrawi repaired Foreman's torn ACL and meniscus and cleaned out debris.

"It was a success. Yuri was released and starts rehabilitation on Monday," Jazrawi said in a statement. "If all goes well, he should be fine in six months. This was from a chronic injury and we didn't find anything unusual. There were no surprises and nothing we couldn't repair."

Foreman, a native of Belarus who grew up in Israel and now lives in Brooklyn, was home in time for dinner. He will be on crutches for about two weeks.

"I'm pleased the surgery went well," Foreman said in a statement. "Being on crutches is not the fun part. I thank my fans for their outpouring of good wishes."

Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs), who wore a brace on the knee during the fight, was injured when it gave out on him and he tumbled to the canvas during the seventh round of his first title defense against Cotto, the first fight at Yankee Stadium in 34 years.

Foreman was badly limping during the eighth round when his trainer, Joe Grier, threw in the towel in an effort to stop the fight. However, referee Arthur Mercante, the only man with the official authority to stop the bout, made an unusual call by ignoring the corner's request -- even though the ring had filled with corner people and officials who assumed the bout was over.

After a delay of a few minutes, the ring was cleared and the fight resumed as Foreman, a rabbinical student and the first Orthodox Jew in more than 70 years to hold a world title, continued to limp. Less than a minute into the ninth round, Cotto knocked him down with a left hook to the body and Mercante called it off.

Murray "Schpipples" Wilson, Foreman's manager, said he hopes Foreman will be ready to return to action in February.

Dan Rafael covers boxing for ESPN.com.

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