This will probably teach boxer Odlanier Solis to never try and fight through an injury ever again.
The Cuban heavyweight’s knee grossly snapped during the first round against WBC Heavyweight World Champion, Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine. However, no contact to the knee area forced the injury. It was pre-existing.
According to SI.com, Solis had a previous knee injury and still went on with the fight in Cologne, Germany. Even his manager, Jose Perez, was aware of the injury.
“[Perez] knew about the previous problem, but it was thought it would go away if there was enough training and the muscle stabilized the knee,” a Cologne Arena spokesperson told boxingscene.com.
Klitschko was reportedly furious when he found out the Solis had prior knowledge of the injury, and has no interest in a rematch with the Cuban.
Despite the loss, Solis still earned a reported $1.8 million, the highest he ever earned in a single bout. Before the match, Solis also had a 17-0 record with 12 KOs.
Below is the video of Solis’ injury.