Lennox Lewis Has Hand Surgery

May 21, 1993

NEW YORK -- Lennox Lewis says he was sucker punched -- by his doctor.Lewis, the WBC heavyweight champion, underwent surgery yesterday on his right hand and will be unable to spar for up to two months.

Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, chief of hand surgery, performed the 1-hour, 17-minute operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, repairing a torn tendon capsule in a knuckle on the little finger of the right hand, as well as a split of the extensor tendon.

Hotchkiss said the operation went smoothly and recommended that Lewis not use the hand for six weeks to two months. "He can do any other physical workout, however," the doctor said.

Promoters have been trying to put Lewis in a fight with IBF and WBA champion Riddick Bowe this fall, but many boxing experts predict a unification bout will not take place before early next year, if at all.

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