Alvarez out until 2017 with fracture

Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will not fight again until 2017 after fracturing his right hand when defeating Liam Smith in the ninth round to win the WBO light middleweight title over the past weekend.

His promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, confirmed via twitter that the 26-year-old Alvarez (48-1-1-KO34) would not be fighting again in 2016 after fracturing his right hand. 

"Canelo has a fracture on his right hand and unable to fight again in 2016," Golden Boy said via twitter.  

According to media reports Alvarez had an X-ray and a CT scan on Monday and was found to have suffered an avulsion fracture of the right thumb that happened in the second round.

Alvarez, who also won the WBC middleweight title in November 2015, wants to next face Kazakhstan's middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (36-0 KO33) in a super fight.