Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (48-1-1 34KO) sustained a fractured hand in the fight against Liam Smith, following his 9th round knockout of the British boxer.
The Mexican star will not be able to fight until next year. He will most likely be fighting next in May 2017 on the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
This is supposedly the last fight for the Mexican until he faces unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in September 2017.
Here’s the press release from Golden Boy:
“Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam “Beefy” Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.
After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.
Canelo’s hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.
This does nothing to Canelo’s plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.”