Published: August 2, 2004

PHOENIX, AZ (August 2, 2004) ?? MIKE TYSON underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to repair the complex lateral meniscus tears he suffered in the first round of his fight against Danny Williams last Friday night in Louisville, KY.

Prominent sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Emerson, who diagnosed Tyson s injury over the weekend after evaluating the MRI and examining the knee, performed the surgery in Phoenix. We repaired four different torn compartments during the hour-long procedure, ? said Dr. Emerson. The fact that Mike continued boxing for as long as he did after the injury is nothing short of courageous. Under normal circumstances the pain and locking that occurs with this injury would make it impossible for any athlete to continue and he would have to be taken out of the game or the boxing match with assistance. Im shocked that Mike was able to box for three more rounds after the injury occurred and that he was able to walk away from the ring.

Mikes prognosis for a full recovery is great,? continued Dr. Emerson. He will begin therapy tomorrow, and the goal is for Mike to be over 90% recovered within approximately eight weeks.? It explains a lot,? said Shelly Finkel, Tysons adviser. Once he lost the ability to pivot, turn, or move laterally, much less put pressure on his left leg, he lost the ability to throw anymore meaningful right hands which had been so effective up to the point of the injury.?

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