By Miguel Rivera
Eddy Reynoso, the trainer for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, confirmed that his boxer's planned return for September 14th was canceled because a deal could not be reached with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.
Canelo wanted to move up by two weight classes to face Kovalev, who instead will return to the ring next month against mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde.
Reynoso advised ESPN Deportes that he wasn't aware of the exact details of what created the Kovalev fallout - but he indicates that his boxer's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is already working hard to finalize an elite level opponent for Canelo to face in the ring in December.
Reynoso strongly denied some of the circulating rumors that the cancellation of Canelo's fight was due in part to a possible injury or physical discomfort.
"Saul is in perfect condition," Reynoso insisted to ESPN Deportes. "Because he will not fight in September, we had to readjust our training camp, but he will return better than ever in December."
There were some heavy industry rumors that Canelo was at odds with DAZN, who last year signed the boxer to an exclusive multi-fight agreement. Reportedly DAZN was pressuring Canelo to face either Kovalev or Gennady Golovkin - and the streaming service was refusing to approve any other opponent. Canelo refused to fight Golovkin for a third time. And when the negotiations to face Kovalev fell apart, the Mexican star pushed back his return.