Canelo Alvarez appeared to have lost a close fight to middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the bout ended in a split draw. Judge Adelaide Byrd turned in perhaps the worst scorecard in modern memory, which had the Mexican winning 118-110. FightNights.com scored the bout 116-112 for Golovkin.
Compubox punch statistics show Alvarez, 27, throwing nearly 100 punches less than his previous fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Some observers thought it was due to Golovkin’s power, but apparently, that wasn’t the entire story.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation reporting exclusively to FightNights.com, Canelo suffered an injury to his right hand during training camp for Golovkin.
Alvarez fought Golovkin with Winning gloves instead of his usual Everlast MX. Winning gloves are more padded with foam for extra hand protection, and is recognized as one of the best training gloves on the market, which raised some eyebrows.
This is not the first time that the former two-division world champion has injured his hand. Following a ninth-round knockout to claim the WBO junior middleweight world title in 2016, it was revealed that Canelo fractured his right thumb.
Alvarez stated at the post-fight news conference that he would be taking the rest of the year off to rest.
“Right now, I am going to rest for the remainder of the year and be back in May or September, he stated.” “Whatever the people want, that is what we are going to do. One thing is for sure; this is my era.”
Canelo also fought Smith in September and proceeded to take an eight-month layoff, which would be the case again if he were to return in May. Maybe there’s something to it – maybe not.