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Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin still the plan for September 2017

Canelo Alvarez still plans to face Gennady Golovkin next year, but will it happen?

Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

According to Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez in a report at ESPN.com, the plan for Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin in September 2017 is still in place, as Alvarez recovers from a hand injury suffered on the skull of Liam Smith this past September.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO) went 2-0 in 2016, but neither of his wins garnered much critical acclaim or respect. In May, he defeated a physically overmatched Amir Khan with a sensational but predictable knockout, and in September he was simply far too good for a game but outclassed Liam Smith, which was also the predictable outcome.

Canelo, 26, has taken heavy criticism for not fighting Golovkin, especially when he chose to relinquish the WBC middleweight title to his press rival rather than defend it against him, as had been agreed by both parties when Canelo fought Miguel Cotto for that belt in 2015.

As for Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO), his year didn’t go a whole lot better. A win over mandatory challenger Dominic Wade went as anticipated, as did his fight with Kell Brook, who, like Khan, was seen as physically overmatched by most going into the fight. (And, like Khan, he gave a great effort and accounting of himself in defeat, in all fairness.)

Do you think we’ll actually see this fight in 2017, or will there be more excuses when the time draws nearer?