Golden Boy Promotions have released a statement on the six-month ban handed to Canelo Alvarez by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday.
As previously cancelled opponent Gennady Golovkin announced his rearranged bout for a May 5th return at the StubHub Center in California, Canelo was handed a reduced ban cut from the recommended twelve months.
The motion was unanimously approved after consultation with Canelo and his team, who deny the banned substance was ever intentionally ingested.
Canelo will now be free to face Golovkin on September 15 in a highly anticipated return of their controversial clash last September.
The Mexican earned a debated split draw having been seemingly out-worked by the hardened Kazakh puncher.
Giving their view to the press on the matter, Golden Boy Promotions issued the following response to Canelo Alvarez’s settlement agreement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo’s system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts.
“Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not.
“Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today.
“Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport’s biggest event of the year. He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.”
As Golovkin now battles Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th, Canelo will be waiting in the wings to agree their belated encounter later this year.