Of all the possible scenarios, junior bantamweight contender Raul Martinez got the worst possible news on Friday: he has a torn left biceps and a torn left rotator cuff in his shoulder.
San Antonio’s Martinez returned from a 10-month layoff last Saturday to score a sensational one-punch knockout of Juan Jimenez in the third round in Tulum, Mexico on Golden Boy’s Fox Deportes card.
Martinez was trying to end the fight as quickly as possible because he had injured his arm in the second round and was not sure if he would be able to continue for much longer. Of course, he hoped the injury was not too severe but the doctor in Mexico diagnosed a torn biceps and that was confirmed on Friday in addition to the unexpected news about his rotator cuff.
Martinez had an MRI exam on Thursday in San Antonio and got the results on Friday.
According to manager Michael Miller, Martinez has a “complete tear of the left biceps and he’s also got a tear in his left rotator cuff.”
Miller said Martinez will see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Phil Jacobs of San Antonio on Tuesday and “we’ll go from there.” Jacobs is the same surgeon who operated on junior middleweight contender James Kirkland’s injured shoulder earlier this year.
Martinez (29-2, 17 KOs), 30, likely will be headed for an extended layoff of several months but Miller said he was in good spirits.
“He’s glad to find out the pain wasn’t a figment of his imagination and he’s very upbeat,” Miller said. “He said he heals quickly and he’s hopeful that he can go through physical therapy and not surgery, but we’ll listen to what Dr. Jacobs says and follow his recommendation. But Raul’s goal is to fight again before the end of the year.”
Martinez has had two world title shots, losing a flyweight title bout to Nonito Donaire in 2009 and a 2011 vacant junior bantamweight title fight to Rodrigo Guerrero.