World Boxing Association President Gilberto Mendoza has reacted to the shock news of a failed drugs test by Canelo Alvarez.
The 27 year-old is due to challenge WBA middleweight ruler Gennady Golovkin for his title on May 5, with the fight still set to go ahead despite traces of Clenbuterol being found in the Mexican’s system.
Golden Boy have put measures in place to ensure Canelo can be monitored right up until the weigh-in for his massive rematch with ‘GGG’ and Mendoza seemingly has no problem with the situation.
“My first reaction is that I believe in Canelo’s innocence. He has a long career in professional boxing and has always proven to be a clean athlete,” said Mendoza.
“It seems that the issue of Clenbuterol is already a common case in Mexico. On previous occasions, fellow organizations have had to study this cause and therefore they know more about it, but I know that the sample is at the levels expected from the consumption of meat.
“He already said he will submit to all the protocols that are required and, while that happens, the WBA will continue to stand with Canelo – as it has always done,” he added.
At the moment, the boxing world has been rocked by the news of Canelo’s positivity for what is recognized as a performance enhancing substance, whilst all those involved in the Cinco de Mayo event are ploughing on with respective training camps.
The levels of Clenbuterol are clearly not going to make Canelo a superhuman being or help cut his weight in double-quick time, and luckily for all concerned were flagged in sufficient time.
Should Canelo comply from here on in with all the measures VADA put in place, there’s no reason for the Pay-Per-View contest to be scrapped, although the fallout for Canelo and Oscar De La Hoya could be quite hostile should the two-weight world champion come out on top in two months time.