Canelo puts fight plans on hold due to ankle injury
Former light-middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez won’t be pushing ahead with a proposed clash against Joshua Clottey due to what his promoters Golden Boy have described as a ‘persistent ankle injury.’
The 24 year-old was lined-up to share the ring with the Ghanaian on December in a fight that had not yet been officially announced, although any plans to do so are now on hold as the Mexican nurses his latest ailment.
Canelo is two fights in to his comeback from suffering his only career loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in September 2013 and could be just one fight away from another world title fight. Alvarez has been linked to a massive Mexico v Puerto Rico with Miguel Cotto up at 160lbs for the WBC title, but will need to regain full fitness before any potential move up in weight.
In a statement released to WBN on Tuesday, Golden Boy are considering new fights for the December date set aside for Canelo, with more to be revealed soon on a possible alternative headline contest.
“Due to a persistent ankle injury, Canelo Alvarez must withdraw from his December 6 bout. He thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to big things in 2015 on HBO.
“Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are reviewing their options for the December 6 date,” confirmed the release.
Clottey, 37, was on the verge on landing the Canelo bout on the back of an impressive win over Anthony Mundine in Australia, but could still feature on the December 6 bill.