Canelo Alvarez cast doubt on how soon he’d be ready to return to the ring following his unanimous decision victory against Gennadiy Golovkin in September.

Immediately following the trilogy win, Alvarez revealed he needed to tend to his injured right wrist via surgery and that he wasn’t sure whether he’d be ready to resume his career on his traditional fight dates of May or September in 2023. 

The 32-year-old Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) said fighting six times in a 21-month stretch from December 2020 to September 2022 meant that his body needed some time to let his body rest. 

Alvarez recently underwent wrist surgery, and he opened up about the rehabilitation progress.

“My scars are already closed. I'm doing my therapy very well, so I think it won't stop me so much. My fights are always in May or September. I think I'll be ready for May again,” Alvarez told bet365. 

“I think so [to fight on Cinco De Mayo weekend in May]. At the beginning the doctor had told me that I had to spend four weeks with the cast without moving it after the surgery, when he came in and saw inside everything I had and what he did to me, he said that it was better than we expected, that it should be only seven days with the cast, then remove the stitches and start the rehabilitation, right now I've been two weeks.”

With Alvarez planning on a spring return, the next question that needs to be answered is which weight class the four-division world champion will continue his Hall of Fame-bound career. 

Alvarez is currently the undisputed super middleweight champion who still has plans to avenge his unanimous decision loss from earlier this year to light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Alvarez reflected on his loss against the Russian.

“It was very difficult because no one is ready to lose, but I have seen the [Bivol] fight,” said Alvarez. “I had a very competitive fight based on the limitations I had. My hand, my shoulder, the first half of the fight I did very well, and then came the burden, because we did not train as it should be, especially in a larger division where you must be carrying more. They are heavier. It is what we will look for – revenge … I lost trying to make history in another division, complicated, for me, he is number one in the 175-pound division.”

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