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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ankle injury scuttles Joshua Clottey bout Dec. 6

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, shown at a July 11 weigh-in, is expected to be sidelined from training into December due to an ankle injury.
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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has withdrawn from his scheduled Dec. 6 return fight on HBO versus Joshua Clottey due to an injured ankle.

Citing “persistent” pain in the left ankle, light-middleweight Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 knockouts) is now expected to be sidelined from training into December, likely meaning he won’t fight again until May.

Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is angling for a Cinco de Mayo weekend fight against middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto.

The Alvarez-Clottey fight was being negotiated to be fought at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

In a statement, the promoter said, “Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are reviewing their options for the December 6 date.”