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Eye Injury Might Cause Joe Soto his Career

Written on October 03, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like Alan Belcher, a detached retina was also found in Joe Soto's eyes. The surgery took place Wednesday and the process for recovery might be long. We hope that it won't be too enough to end his career.

Former Bellator Featherweight Champ is the latest victim of a severe eye injury. The 23-year-old fighter is undergoing a surgery today for a detached retina. This will cost a long recovery process. Soto’s manager Tom Call said that there are complaints about vision problems on the fighters eye. They immediately scheduled a surgery for his retina.

Soto lost his belt earlier this month when Joe Warren claimed it knocking him out with a knee and punches. This occurred in Bellator 30, his first professional setback.

“The kind of surgery he’s having could cause some other problems like cataracts and things of that nature that have to be corrected,” Tom Call said. “They can’t all be done at the same time. There’s a good possibility that this is career impacting.”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said it’s been a rough stretch for Soto.

“On a human level, it’s heartbreaking,” Rebney said. “Joe Soto is a really good guy, and he lost his mom less than a year ago, who he had a very, very strong bond with. He lost his title in shocking upset fashion. Now he’s got a seriously torn retina, which could conceivably interfere with his fight career, which is a central focus of his life. It’s very sad. He’s a good kid and he deserves better. What I was looking forward to was Soto getting back in at 145, and having a chance to win out 145-pound tournament in season four and getting a shot at a rematch (with Warren). It just sucks. We’re going to do anything and everything we can do to help him.”

Tom Call informed that his fighter will evaluate career options after the second surgery is done.

“It’s disappointing to happen to such a kid with so much talent, and so young,” he said. “But at the end of the day, things like your vision are more important than .”

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