Canelo breaks hand, will not fight in again in 2016

September 19, 2016

A new reason has emerged for Canelo Alvarez's increased use of his left hand in the later rounds against opponent Liam Smith, as it was revealed that he fractured his right hand during the course of the fight Saturday night.

Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship.

After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Fortunately, 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.  His promoter, Golden Boy, previously had plans to have Canelo fight in December.

Although this injury is not expected to cause further delays to Canelo's already-prolonged September 2017 expected fight date with Gennady Golovkin, it likely dims the hopes for any May 2017 bout between the two stars.

By Staff of and news services

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