LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not going to fight again this year after suffering a fracture to his right hand after his bruising defeat of Liam Smith, his supporters have said on Monday.
Golden Boy Promotions said on Twitter that Alvarez wouldn’t fight until 2017, after suffering the injury in Saturday’s ninth-round knockout of Smith, who fought for the first time outside his native country.
“Canelo has a fracture on his right hand and is unable to fight again in 2016,” Golden Boy said.
Alvarez dropped down to super welterweight to claim the Briton’s World Boxing Organization belt in the fight held at the residence of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.
It was only last November when the Mexican star won the WBC middleweight title. He was already eyeing a potential super fight against Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin.
After the Satuday match against Smith he had stated that he has no fear to fight against Golokvin, and that he was really born for this. However, the fracture on his hand might jeopardize his future plans.
Alvarez, 26, enhanced to 48-1-1 with 34 knockouts after his latest win.