Canelo Alvarez Hit With Six Month Doping Ban
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has had an absolutely shocking few weeks from the looks of it after his rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fell through earlier this month.
The bout was initially scheduled to take place on May 5th but was called off after Alvarez was suspended retroactively from February by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive to the anabolic steroid known as Clenbuterol.
“We hope he can get back in the ring as soon as possible,” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler said last week before the sentence was handed down. “That’s the fight that GGG wants. Any type of positive test, regardless of the circumstances, has to be taken very seriously in sports, especially in the sport of boxing. All we want is a level playing field.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission seemed none too impressed with Alvarez’ positive test, with the chairman of the commission Anthony Marnell saying “I hope he’s learned a lesson, that he is responsible with what he puts in his body.”
Alvarez believes that he tested positive due to eating tainted meat whilst training in Mexico for his bout against Golovkin. Athletes from Mexico continue to be penalised for ingesting the substance which has been used widely in Mexican agriculture as a way of boosting lean muscle tissue in animals whilst burning fat. The substance can be used by athletes as a weight cutting tool, as well as when they want to put on lean muscle mass.
“I hope to see him fighting in Nevada soon,” continued Marnell. “ If he follows the agreement as it’s laid out then he would be able to come back and fight like any other fighter.”
Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a controversial draw in September of 2017 in a bout that many fans and pundits alike felt was won by Golovkin.
“Of course, like everybody said, he’s huge Mexican star,” Golovkin said to reporters in Los Angeles last week. “Last press conference he said, ‘I can’t, I’m sorry, I apologize, it’s my fault.’ This is crazy, you know, this is crazy for people. He’s not sorry, no. He’s not a huge ambassador for boxing. He’s a terrible man.”
Golovkin has now been scheduled to take on Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th instead, with a view to fight Alvarez September 16th the day of Mexican Independence.
Martirosyan has lost three of his last six bouts, with some fans seeing him as an easy win for “GGG” to cruise to a September bout with Alvarez on, with many hoping to finally see a winning result this time around.
“As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo’s system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts,” Alvarez’ promoter Golden Boy said in a statement.
“Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport’s biggest event of the year,” the statement continued. “He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.”
We can only hope that we’ll finally see an answer as to who is the better boxer out of Alvarez and Golovkin come September. Stay tuned, this isn’t the last you’re going to hear about this, we’re sure.