Promoter Bob Arum made an offer to Gennady Golovkin for May 5th by way of his undefeated Mexican super-middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez.
The traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration in Las Vegas faces the prospect of no Mexican representation for the big fight as Canelo Alvarez looks set to be suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for an adverse finding.
These leaves Nevada officials with something of a headache over the matter, although Arum says Ramirez will step-up to the plate and offer ‘GGG’ a shot at his 168 pound WBO belt.
“On behalf of ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, we would accept (a) challenge from GGG to fight for Zurdo’s super middleweight title,” said Arum.
It could be an interesting match-up should Golovkin fancy his chances in a move that would allow firm interest from a portion of the Canelo fans to keep plans to attend open.
As things stand, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan and Demetrius Andrade seem to be the frontrunners to replace Canelo, whilst WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is still pushing for the Cinnamon One to be allowed a reprieve.
Sulaiman stated he believes there’s no case to ban Canelo due to the fact that other fighters have been allowed to compete by the Commission with higher levels of Clenbuterol found in the past.
· NSAC has full authority to make any decision and take any action with regards to the fighters and fight contracted under their jurisdiction.
· Nothing is more important other than guaranteeing the safety of the fighters and doping violations must be fully investigated.
· Canelo Alvarez had 2 tests with adverse findings of CLENBUTEROL.
· 3 additional tests have resulted in negative findings.
· Clenbuterol is a well-known, well-documented substance which has created a series of doping scandals in several sports in Mexico and a few other countries. Why? Because it’s widely used in agricultural production (although it is illegal) to fatten cattle. That is why it is a public health problem in México.
· WADA, FIFA, NFL, IOC, and many others have absolute knowledge of this substance and its controversies.
· 109 out of 289 soccer players tested positive for Clenbuterol during Mexico’s sub-17 World Cup in 2011.
· Erik Morales and Francisco Vargas tested positive for Clenbuterol before their respective fights of 2013 and 2016, which, indeed, took place in New York and California. THE LEVELS FOUND IN THE BOXERS AND THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE FACTS LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS DUE TO FOOD CONTAMINATION.
· There are several other cases and sports with examples.
· The levels of Clenbuterol found in Alvarez are consistent and lower than other athletes levels from the example as detailed above which were ultimately reported as food contamination.
· Clenbuterol contamination is a national health issue in Mexico and other countries.
A final verdict is due on Canelo’s case in two weeks.