American heavyweight Jason Gavern has been ruled out of a scheduled December 5th fight with undefeated puncher Andy Ruiz Jr after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training.
The outspoken 38 year-old, who has faced the likes of Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, James Toney and Lucas Browne during his colourful career, suffered the injury whilst tailing off camp for his 52nd pro bout and is now in the dark as to whether he will fight again.
“It’s crazy what life throws at you. One minute you’re on top of the world and the next you’re on the bottom,” said Gavern.
“I was scheduled to fight Andy Ruiz and everything was good to go. Contracts were signed, plane tickets were booked, and so I flew from Florida to Scranton to finish up training camp. While sparring Saturday morning I ruptured my Achilles tendon and everything was confirmed yesterday with an MRI.
“I will need surgery to repair it. I’m reading that recovery from an injury like this is 6 to 9 months. If that’s the case it looks like this could be the end of the road for me.
“A friend told me last night that there is life after boxing. We shall see. Not the way I would want to go out,” he added.
Known as ‘The Sensation’, Gavern built up a good reputation with the fans due to his willingness to have a go at any heavyweight out there and was recently taken to the UK fans’ hearts when reaching the 2013 Prizefighter final before losing out to Michael Sprott.
With 20 losses on his record, Gavern was never heading towards a world title shot, but has shone through with his personality and a lot of other top division fighters would do well to take a leaf out of the Florida man’s book.