The absolute champion of the super-middle division (up to 76.2 kg) Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) may have the next fight in May 2023, but everything will depend on how successful recovery from a hand injury will be , according to British promoter Eddie Hearn.
Recall that Alvarez underwent surgery on his left wrist shortly after the victorious fight against Kazakh Gennady Golovkin in September. According to the Mexican, he was injured at the end of last year, when he fought for the absolute with Caleb Plant. Subsequently, the injury only worsened, and in the fight with Golovkin, according to Saul, “the pain was simply unbearable.”
Hearn said that according to preliminary forecasts, Alvarez will not be able to hit with an injured hand until two months later.
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Eddie also said that there is an option in which the next opponent of Canelo will again be Dmitry Bivol, whom he lost in May of this year, however, the rematch will take place not in light heavyweight, but in super middleweight. In this case, if Bivol wins again, Hearn hatches a tempting idea to immediately bring Dmitri in a duel against Artur Beterbiev already for the absolute championship in the light heavyweight category.
At the end of last week, Bivol defended his WBA Super light heavyweight title (up to 79.4 kg), confidently surpassing the mandatory contender and former champion in the division below Mexican Gilberto Ramirez in a 12-round confrontation. Boxer of the Year – our report about this fight.
By the way, after Ramirez, Bivol answered whether he would beat Beterbiev.