World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has admitted he’s seen a darker side to Gennady Golovkin in the aftermath of Canelo Alvarez’s positive test for Clenbuterol.
Golovkin recently staged a media gathering where he threw a mass of accusations at Canelo following Golden Boy’s announcement that traces of the banned substance were found, although solely blamed on contaminated meat in Mexico.
‘GGG’ then revealed his suspicions that Canelo was doping before their first meeting in September and hard marks on his body he also put down to ‘cheating’ on his opponent’s part.
Giving his reaction and admitting his surprise at Golovkin’s claims, Sulaiman hopes for an amicable solution to an ongoing saga.
“What we are seeing is that Golovkin is simply demonstrating that he is a human being, for the first time he is acting like a boxer,” Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes. “He has always handled himself differently, he has never spoken out against anything and against anyone. He has the right to demand that an investigation be carried out, but I feel that he is mistaken in mixing up previous subjects… that is not the GGG that we know
“I knew about the complaints regarding Canelo’s hand-wraps, but not about what he’s saying (taking PED’s before the first fight and needle marks).
“I feel he is confusing things as a sign of the frustration that has been accumulating throughout all this time, where he had give in to everything to get the first fight and now the second fight… he simply exploded and before he never did, but unfortunately he’s confusing things.
“Golvokin is a boxer who has given a lot to this sport, he is an exemplary fighter, but he exploded. It has never happened to him before. I hope the controversy will soon be over and the greatness of a fight of this magnitude will not be taken away from him,” he added.
Speaking out in such a way is certain to have repercussions, not least a possible legal move by Golden Boy, which many believe could have an adverse effect on whether the contest even takes place.
Fingers crossed the rematch happens on May 5.