It looks like Canelo Alvarez broke his thumb during his fight against Liam Smith over the weekend… pushing back any plans for another fight later this year.
According to Golden Boy Promotions, the 26-year-old has a fracture in his right thumb, sidelining him for the remainder of the year. He was originally expected to fight again in December.
Alvarez, the lineal middleweight world champion, stopped English champ Liam Smith on Saturday (Sept. 17), via knockout in the ninth round, in front of more than 51,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
“Canelo does not need surgery, and the prognosis is excellent,” said Golden Boy spokesman Stefan Friedman. “Canelo’s hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.”
After the fight, Canelo said he hurt his right thumb in the second round. But despite the injury, he knocked down Smith three times, including one a right hand.
Friedman says the plan is still for Alvarez to take on unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin in September 2017.