Canelo Alvarez has been given the green light to fight again before the year ends.
ESPN Deportes reports that Alvarez, the current WBA "super," WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight champion, has been cleared by doctors to compete again, clearing any obstacles that would stop him from fighting in December.
Golden Boy Promotions had reserved Madison Square Garden for December 15 for Alvarez's return. But after the Mexican star suffered a cut above his left eye during his September 15 fight against Gennady Golovkin, questions about Alvarez fighting in December started to get raised. Alvarez won the fight by majority decision after the first fight between the two middleweight boxers last year ended in a split draw.
No opponent is being discussed, although the front runner is likely to be David Lemieux, who is also promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Lemieux defeated Gary O'Sullivan on the undercard of Alvarez's victory over Golovkin, becoming the mandatory challenger to the WBA title currently being held by Alvarez. The WBA, however, has yet to order a fight between Alvarez and Lemieux.
The WBC also has a mandatory challenger in interim champion Jermall Charlo. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated that the status of Charlo and whether or not a mandatory challenge order will be made at the WBC Convention in Kiev, Ukraine, which runs from September 30 to October 7.
Should Golden Boy Promotions move forward with the December 15 MSG date, it would be the first time Alvarez has fought at the New York venue. Since 2012, Alvarez has fought primarily in Las Vegas and Texas.