Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya says Canelo Alvarez will do whatever it takes to clear his name after recently agreeing to allow his hair follicles to be tested for Clenbuterol.
Canelo’s results, which would determine whether or not the two failed tests were accidental or not, came back negative leading to the conclusion the Mexican never knowingly ingested the substance.
De La Hoya believes the outcome proves contaminated meat was to blame for the adverse findings and confirmed Canelo will adhere to whatever future stipulations the Nevada State Athletic Commission lay down.
“They found traces of clenbuterol in his system and if he was using it (to dope) there would probably still be enough in his system that it would show up in his hair,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN.
“We did the hair test to prove this was accidental. Canelo is telling the truth about the meat contamination and he went far and beyond what he had to do by agreeing to have this hair test done so he can keep on proving that he is an innocent fighter.
“Meat contamination is a problem in Mexico. It happened with the national soccer team and it has happened with several athletes in Mexico.
“I believe what Canelo wants to do now is keep proving until his career is over, 10 or 15 years from now, that he is a clean fighter and an innocent fighter and that he did not do this purposely whatsoever.”
On a possible September rescheduling with Gennady Golovkin, De La Hoya stated Canelo would return in September whether the Kazakh was involved or not.
“He will fight in September and he will continue to test and continue to abide by all the rules and regulations,” he said. “We first have to see what happens with Golovkin on May 5 and then we’ll take it from there, but Canelo will definitely fight in September.
“Golovkin is the priority, but we don’t know what will happen on May 5. But on our side, Canelo will fight in September.”
With a mandatory obligation from the IBF hanging over his head for August, Golovkin may be forced to delay the second Canelo contest for another year and aim for Cinco De Mayo in 2019.