Vanes Martirosyan pulled no punches when discussing the finer points of Canelo Alvarez’ controversial suspension for failing two doping tests.
Canelo is banned until August after fully co-operating with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and receiving a lesser sentence, which happened to the full benefit of Martirosyan.
The Armenian has stepped in to fight Gennady Golovkin on May 5 at the StubHub Center, and whilst praising his new opponent, Martirosyan had some choice words for the man he replaced.
Martirosyan claims Canelo INTENTIONALLY FAILED the VADA program in order to avoid a second fight with Golovkin.
“This fight is the biggest test for me. It will show where I belong in this sport,” said Martirosyan.
“I was able to take advantage of this opportunity because I never left the gym, even when previously scheduled fights kept falling through.
“I would take a week off and then return to the gym. It was hard but I never lost faith. A good fighter stays ready, stays in shape.
“How many times have we heard that about an opponent falling out and a replacement getting that golden ticket to fight for a world title?
“Regarding Canelo, you have to ask, ‘Why did he flunk two drug tests. Why did he withdraw from VADA? I don’t believe him.
“I don’t buy his excuse about tainted meat. If, God forbid, I had tested positive because of accidentally eating something, I would have myself tested every day to prove I was clean.
“No one wants to see someone cheat his way into a fight.
“That’s why fans love Triple G. Because he is so good in the ring and because he is clean. He has always been tested. He wants boxing to be a clean sport as do I.
“I don’t run like the guy who pretended to eat a bad steak.
“Let’s see how Gennady reacts to a fighter who doesn’t move away after being hit. Gennady’s chin hasn’t been tested the way I’d like to test it.
“Canelo is an easier fight than Gennady. Gennady has a fan-friendly style. Canelo ran from my mandatory challenge. That says a lot about him. That tells you everything about him,” he added.
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