Former IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez is facing up to an uncertain future after suffering a knee injury during preparations for his proposed defense against Victor Ramirez.
Hernandez was due to fight Ramirez in the summer, although the challenger pushed the fight back to September. Hernandez himself pulled out due to the ailment, and was eventually stripped of his belt by the International Boxing Federation – who then made the Argentinian full champion.
As Ramirez prepares to make his first defence this Friday night against Ovill McKenzie, Hernandez is booked in for surgery – according to his promoters Sauerland, and will make a final decision on his career once the Cuban fully evaluates his options.
“Yoan Pablo Hernandez suffered a meniscal tear while preparing for his fight with Victor Ramirez and is having surgery to fix this,” Sauerland’s Ed Roff exclusively told World Boxing News.
“No decision has been made over his future career plans yet, as we are awaiting the operation results and to see how his knee heals.
“We will make it public as soon as we have any update on the situation,” he added.
If forced out of boxing prematurely, it would be tragic end to a promising career for Hernandez, who lost just once in 30 bouts to Wayne Braithwaite back in 2008 and made four defences of his IBF belt.
At 30 years of age, Hernandez has plenty still to offer the sport and was considered one of the best 200 pound fighters in the world until this major setback put the brakes on his career.