WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirms that WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his belt on May 5 with a rival to be determined, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez withdrew, after testing positive for clenbuterol at very low levels.
He said that this decision by the team “Canelo” was expected because it is very difficult to organize and promote a fight in three weeks.
“It’s a very sad news for boxing, because everyone expected and anticipated this rematch. However, it is necessary to follow up and clarify a positive result and in this case, the Nevada Athletic Commission is acting according to the protocol.
“As a sanctioning body, we have made our position very clear and due to these events, we have authorized a voluntary defense for the champion.
“It’s important to note that the commemorative belt for the dates May 5 and September 15, “Don Adolfo López Mateos” will be named “Belt Bats’il Ajaw” which means “True Hero.” And it will be won by the fighter who gains the victory.”
WBC President Sulaimán also explained that the WBC is in contact with WADA and COFEPRIS to open a dialogue about this problem, which besides affecting the fighters, is also a public health issue in Mexico.
He also commented that Canelo had contacted him before making the announcement: “Saul says he’s innocent and he has a tremendous desire to prove his innocence.”
Erik Morales, Francisco Vargas and Luis Nery have all tested positive for clenbuterol and have not been castigated. Mauricio pointed out: “This is a different jurisdiction.
“The Nevada State Athletic State Commission, has all the power to sanction, or to withdraw sanctioning of a fight. And unfortunately this fight is off and Canelo is in the process of trying to clear his name. Whatever is decided on April 18th, that’s where things will move. And then we can speculate after that.”
As for a step in replacement, Mauricio said: “There are always quality opponents all over the World. We must make the best out of this special date. There have been great surprises on Cinco de Mayo!”
WBN Note: ESPN are reporting undefeated Jaime Munguia could be considered as a replacement for Canelo to keep the Mexican element alive.
The 21 year-old is 28-0 but currently campaigns at 154 pounds, which may not be an ideal scenario to use as a selling point.
Irishman Gary O’Sullivan has also been linked as is seen by most as a much more appealing contest should promoter Tom Loeffler agree.
All will be revealed soon.