Canelo Alvarez dominated Liam Smith on Saturday night in front of 50,000-plus people at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Alvarez took the WBO super welterweight title with a TKO finish in the ninth round off of a brutal left to the body that crumpled Smith and sent him to the canvas. After the fight, Alvarez noted that he had injured his right hand during the second round and it slowed him down in his pursuit of the knockout finish.
On Monday, it was revealed that the injury sustained by Alvarez was a avulsion fracture of the right thumb that will keep him from fighting for the rest of 2016.
Per GBP spokesman, Canelo has avulsion fracture of right thumb. Hand will be immobilized for 6 weeks. He’ll be unable to fight again in 2016
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) September 19, 2016
Alvarez had a date reserved for early December on the HBO calendar, but now he will go into 2017 without fighting again. The plan, as outlined by Oscar De La Hoya, was to have Canelo fight in December and then May 2017 and then take on Gennady Golovkin in the fall.
It will be interesting how this injury affects that timeline. The early May date — on Cinco de Mayo weekend — is not going to move. That’s the biggest fight date on Canelo’s calendar. However, we don’t know whether he’ll be able to fight before then — his December date could get pushed to January, pending recovery — or if he will take a long layoff.
Part of the reason for Golden Boy’s plan is to slowly build him up to middleweight over two fights in the next year. If he can’t go prior to his May date, we’ll have to see if Golden Boy would look to pushing the potential Golovkin fight back again, which would bring even more backlash to Canelo.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Canelo Alvarez suffers fractured thumb, will not fight again in 2016