Injured, Eleider Alvarez will have to wait before facing Joe Smith

(Montreal) The road to another Eleider Alvarez world championship fight will not be linear. The former World Boxing Organixation (WBO) light heavyweight champion was injured in training and will not be able to face American Joe Smith in eliminatory combat as scheduled on 16 July, in Las Vegas.

The Canadian Press

Hit in the right shoulder, Alvarez (25 – 1, 13 K.-O.) must be stationary for four weeks.

Alvarez and Smith (25 – 3, 20 K.-O.) , WBO contenders 3 and 4 respectively, must be involved in a four-way tournament to determine the new division champion. The other semi-final must oppose the Russians Umar Salamov (25 – 1, 19 K.-O.) and Maksim Vlasov (45 – 3, 26 K.-O.), aspirants Nos 1 and 2. The date of this confrontation remains to be determined.

No other recovery date has been put forward by the promoter Top Rank. Groupe Yvon Michel, promoter of Alvarez, said his protégé would be ready to return to the ring from mid-August.

“There is nothing we can do that involves the upper body at this time,” said Alvarez coach Marc Ramsay. So we do cardio, abs: everything that does not work your shoulder. “

“We are doing our utmost to keep Eleider's rehabilitation as short as possible, but we will need at least four weeks, so I can hardly see him getting into the ring before the end of August. “