Two-weight world champion Canelo Alvarez has announced his involvement in the Voluntary Anit-Doping Agency (VADA) testing program for the foreseeable future.
The former WBC middleweight ruler, who is currently suspended for six months for an adverse Clenbuterol finding, had been under pressure by a portion of the boxing community to sign up.
After initially stating Canelo would enroll once a fight was signed, promoter Oscar De La Hoya made a u-turn as both made the official confirmation on Tuesday.
“I want to let you know that I just signed the contract with Vada Testing for year round testing,” proclaimed Canelo, before De La Hoya added: “Canelo just signed a contract to year round VADA testing.”
Earlier in the week, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, who remains hopeful a rematch with Gennady Golovkin can happen in September, had stated Canelo would not be reinstated to the rating system until such time as the Mexican was part of the Clean Boxing Program – also handled by VADA.
Speaking on the matter, Sulaiman said: “Canelo has been removed from the rankings because he failed to enroll in the Clean Boxing Program, as stated in the rules.
“(He won’t be allowed to contest a WBC title unless) he enrolls back (into the program) and he is back in the ratings.”
Realistically, Canelo could now be placed in the June list by the WBC, although with his suspension running until August, Sulaiman and his team may opt to wait until the 27 year-old is fight ready.
Facing Golovkin next seems to be everybody’s first option for Canelo, although Irishman Gary O’Sullivan had been promised a shot at Golden Boy’s number one star and De La Hoya could honor this before agreeing the rematch with ‘GGG’ next year.