New WBC interim super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis believes Canelo Alvarez didn’t intentionally cheat but is guilty of a lack of care and attention to what he put in his body.
Prograis, who improved to 21-0 recently with a second round stoppage of Julius Indongo, spoke about Canelo’s positive test for Clenbuterol when appearing on the SiriusXM Boxing Radio show recently.
On the back of Deontay Wilder and Evander Holyfield appearing on the show to state drugs cheats should be thrown in jail, Prograis wanted to give Canelo the benefit of the doubt ahead of his May 5th rematch with Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo has blamed contaminated meat from Mexico for the small traces found in a recent test.
“I think [the fight’s] gonna happen … I can understand why [clenbuterol] banned but as far as making him stronger, I don’t think that’s the case. So I don’t think he should be punished that much for that,” Prograis told SiriusXM.
“Of course it does sound silly to say it comes from eating meat in Mexico but they say a lot of other athletes in Mexico can’t eat meat either.
“Canelo is one of the biggest superstars in boxing so you should have a team checking all of your food for you. He shouldn’t have those types of mistakes but at the same time if it’s a problem in Mexico … I don’t think he should be thrown in jail or nothing like that.
“I don’t know too much about the drug but from what I heard about it, it’s for weight loss, it won’t necessarily make him strong; if it’s for weight loss, it will probably make him weak,” he added.
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