Canelo September Fight Cancelled
For the first time since 2015, Canelo Alvarez will not fight on Mexican Independence Day Weekend.
Alvarez announced his decision via a press release from Golden Boy Promotions, as both he and Golden Boy made a “strategic decision” to postpone his annual fight on the biggest weekend of the year in his native Mexico.
“The decision was made in an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude,” the press release said.
“As a Mexican, it’s a responsibility and an honor to represent my country in both May and September,” said Alvarez.
“Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible. That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.”
The postponement follows rumored negotiations with light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, and Alvarez not wanting to face Gennadiy Golovkin a third time, which was coupled with Golovkin refusing to fight in Las Vegas, where Alvarez has fought the majority of his recent fights.
Does this open the door for Alvarez to fight Kovalev in December after Kovalev defends against Anthony Yarde? Or will WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade get his wish and get a crack at Alvarez, or even a trilogy with Golovkin inside Madison Square Garden or Staples Center?