Canelo Alvarez done with boxing for 2016 due to injury

A broken right thumb will keep the Mexican boxing star out of the ring for the rest of 2016.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will be out for the rest of 2016 due to a broken thumb suffered Saturday in his fight against Liam Smith. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2016 – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won’t be in the ring again for the rest of 2016.

Golden Boy Promotions issued a statement Monday afternoon which reports that Alvarez broke the thumb on his right hand Saturday night, September 17 against Liam “Beefy” Smith of Great Britain.

The statement in its entirety:

“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 Alvarez makes fans happy with a knockout win over Liam Smith in Texas 

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.”
The expected plan for Alvarez for the remainder of 2016 as mentioned and hinted at by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was a bout on December 10, possibly in New York at Madison Square Garden against an opponent to be named. The weight division wasn’t specified. Predictions point toward the winner of the middleweight bout on Saturday’s undercard, Willie Monroe, Jr., or possibly WBO middleweight champion Billy Jo Saunders of Great Britain.
A disappointment for his fans, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will need the rest of 2016 to heal from a broken thumb. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
A disappointment for his fans, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will need the rest of 2016 to heal from a broken thumb. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Under no circumstances was the fans’ preferred match with consensus world middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin ever in the works for 2016. This news falls in the “disappointment” category, not the “devatasting” category.

While the news about Alvarez’ thumb isn’t great for his fans and for many people hoping for another big moneymaking crowd, this is not a seismic shift in boxing.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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