Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland Called Off, Kirkland Injuries Shoulder

Justin TateCorrespondent INovember 15, 2016

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 22:  James Kirkland stands in the ring before he takes on Brian Vera during their middleweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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By way of Twitter, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Journal broke the news that Saul Alvarez is again without an opponent for his Sept. 15 date, after James Kirkland injured his shoulder in training this morning.

Kirkland was set to replace Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KO) after Williams' unfortunate motorcycle accident paralyzed him from the waist down.

Either man would have been the toughest test yet to Alvarez's undefeated record of 40 victories, one draw and 29 of those victories ending within the distance.

With Kirkland and Williams unable to compete, Alvarez has one choice left, according to an earlier statement by his management, and that is undefeated WBA regular champ Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO).

Trout faces Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-1, 14 KO) tomorrow in Carson, California. Should Trout defeat Rodriguez in impressive fashion, he could become Alvarez's next opponent.

The news-breaking tweets are below:

James Kirkland injured his shoulder while training this a.m. and has pulled out of his Sept. 15 fight vs. Canelo Alvarez at MGM in Vegas.

— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) June 1, 2012

Kirkland's manager Cameron Dunkin confirmed the news. "He's absolutely sick about it." Kirkland was scheduled to make around $3 million.

— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) June 1, 2012