Sergio Martinez has announced that he plans to have knee surgery in Nov. 2012 that will require at least two weeks of rehab. The news first appeared on his official Twitter account and later reports confirmed it. Martinez is expecting a quick recovery period and hopes to be ready to train for his next fight that could be scheduled in the spring of 2013.
Knee Surgery for Sergio Martinez
On his official Twitter account, Sergio Martinez posted, "On November 12, right knee arthroscopy, two weeks of rehabilitation and hopefully be perfect for the end of November." Martinez plans to have the knee surgery in Spain and believes rehab will be quick. He has updated his status by explaining, "We are happy with the medical findings, everything will be faster than expected. I need the gym." Knee arthroscopy does not require open surgery because it is done with small incisions and cameras, so healing time is reduced.
Sergio Martinez tore the meniscus in his right knee during the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He also hurt his left hand in the bout, but the injury seems to be healing on its own. There was speculation that the 37-year-old fighter's knee problems could force him into retirement, but this has been proven false.
Preparations for the Next Fight
Martinez is eager to return to the gym because his next fight may be in the early spring of 2013. Rumors about a possible rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. started as soon as Sergio won the fight. However, Chavez Jr. has been suspended for a positive drug test and faces rehab before he will be allowed to fight again. Their rematch may be delayed for a while, so Martinez has been searching for other options.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has challenged Sergio Martinez, along with several other big names, to a fight in 2013. Canelo is aiming for a bout with Martinez, Mayweather or Cotto in the future, and he is hoping that one of them will accept a deal for May 2013. Sergio Martinez's knee should be healed before this date, but he has not indicated who he plans to face.
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