Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is done for 2016, but the Mexican boxing superstar will be ready to return to action on Cinco de Mayo weekend for his first World Boxing Organization super welterweight title defense.
Canelo Alvarez, who holds a 48-1-1 record with 34 knockout victories, won the title after scoring a knockout win against Liam Smith on Saturday. However, Canelo sustained a fractured right thumb, which ruled out another possible fight before the year ends.
Eddie Reynoso, Canelo’s trainer, said that Alvarez was advised to avoid putting too much stress on his right hand in just two to three weeks. While the timetable is not that long, the veteran trainer confirmed they decided to cancel the planned December title defense.
“For two or three weeks he will use a splint or a special attachment and then he will be supervised to rehabilitate the hand,” Alvarez told ESPN Deportes via BoxingScene. “It’s not a serious fracture, but it’s not going to leave us with enough time to do the work that is needed for the December fight.”
Reynoso added that they will soon sit down with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya to discuss a plan. But at this point, it appears Canelo is determined to fight on May in Las Vegas.
“For now you could say that the most logical thing would be to fight in Las Vegas in May,” Reynoso confirmed. “But we have to see how the negotiations go, who are the opponents, all of that. Let’s see what happens.”
As for his next opponent, fans who are eager to see Canelo collide with Gennady Golovkin will have to wait a bit longer. According to the report, Billy Joe Saunders, the reigning World Boxing Organization middleweight champion, will likely be named Canelo’s opponent in his next fight.
It remains to be seen, though, if Golden Boy Promotions will consider other options, especially after the Canelo-Smith fight did not perform well in terms of pay-per-view buys. According to Bloody Elbow, the fight got around 300k PPV buys, which is almost half of the numbers from Canelo’s previous bout against Miguel Cotto.