Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has withdrawn from the keenly anticipated re-match with World Boxing Council middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, after two positive tests indicating traces of Clenbuterol, but he insists he’s a clean fighter, and this was accidentally ingested via contaminated meat.
The announcement was made a sombre Eric Gomez who’s the President of Golden Boy Promotions. He said the mega fight could be rescheduled for August or September.
This would depend on the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The first Voluntary Anti Doping test on Canelo was conducted at his home in Guadalajara on Feb 17th.
It indicated tiny traces of Clenbuterol. A second test on February 21st also showed minute traces of Clebuterol. Further tests showed nothing.
The Commission temporarily suspended Canelo on March 23rd. His case was to be heard on April 10th, but the Commission then re-scheduled it for April 18th.
If they discard his defence, don’t believe his word and find him guilty, Canelo could be slapped with a one year ban. It’s possible that could be backdated to the date of the first test. Canelo also has the right of appeal.
He insists: “I have always been a clean fighter and I will always be a clean fighter.” Canelo has been a member of the World Boxing Council’s Clean Boxing Program for more than five years. During that time, he’s been successfully tested in and out of competition numerous times.
The drug Clenbuteral is regularly and routinely administered to beef cattle throughout Mexico to make meat from the animal to be slaughtered leaner. It can also be found in milk and eggs.
Other Mexican boxing icons: Eric Morales, Francisco Vargas and Luis Nery have also tested positive for Clenbuterol in higher concentrations.
They too insisted their innocence and were given the benefit of the doubt.
Gennady Golovkin’s Team insists that they still want the May 5th event to go ahead. The question now is who will replace Canelo?