NEW YORK (JTA) — Yuri Foreman says he wants a rematch with Miguel Cotto following surgery to repair the torn meniscus he suffered in their first bout.
Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped Saturday’s World Boxing Association super-welterweight title match at Yankee Stadium in the ninth round when the champion Foreman could not continue because of the injury to his right knee. Foreman, an Orthodox Jew and rabbinical student, had wrenched the knee two rounds earlier in an awkward fall.
"Yes, I want a rematch," Foreman told the New York Post. "My last performance was not what it could have been. It was far from my potential."
According to the Post, Foreman suffered a torn meniscus and stretched a ligament in his right knee.
"The surgery will show if I need surgery on the ligament in the front of the knee," Foreman said.
Foreman, a Belarus native now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., lost his first bout after going 28-0 with one no decision. He was trailing on all three judges’ cards when the fight was stopped.
The knee injury prevented Foreman from his trademark side-to-side movement and left him vulnerable against the hard-hitting Cotto, now a four-time champion.