IN the space of two days, two big fights have been called off due to ankle injuries suffered by two of the would-be participants.
Firstly, the heavyweight return meeting between Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis, set for October 18 in Dusseldorf, had to be postponed due to Solis spraining an ankle in training. Then, late last night UK time, the Saul Alvarez-Joshua Clottey fight, set for December 6 in Texas on HBO, was scrapped due to a niggling and long term ankle injury Alvarez wants to let heal.
According to Golden Boy, there is now a real possibility Canelo will sit out the remainder of this year and meet Miguel Cotto in a massive fight next May. This of course leaves an understandably angry Clottey out in the cold.
“These guys always find [an] excuse not to fight with me,” Clottey wrote on his Twitter page a few hours ago. “Okay now I understand I am too big of a risk.”
Clottey also wrote how he had agreed to take less money than he’d wanted, and that he now has no respect for Alvarez.
As for the Thompson-Solis rematch, the first fight won by Thompson on points, promoter Ahmet Oner says Solis will have to rest for ten days but can go back into training after that. The new date being targeted is November 22, again in Dusseldorf.