Drug testing procedures will be in place for the highly-anticipated Canelo vs. GGG III event on Mexican weekend this fall in Las Vegas.
The World Boxing Council confirmed the participation of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency for the fight that sees Canelo Alvarez defend his super-middleweight titles against Gennadiy Golovkin.
They said: “The wait will soon be over, because this coming September 17, the WBC super-middleweight world champion and the former middleweight monarch Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight Gennady GGG Golovkin for the third time, in an epic.
“These two titans are getting ready because each is determined to define the decider. Fight one between Saúl and Gennady ended in a draw, and Canelo won the second via majority decision.
“With the trilogy set, both are hard at work in training camp.”
Canelo vs. GGG III
The WBC continued: “Complying with all the protocols established by the WBC, both fighters have shown their willingness to cooperate with all VADA requirements.
“Since Saúl Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin belong to the Clean Boxing Program (CBP), both will be subject to random tests for their fight on September 17.
“All should note that the priority of the WBC is to work on education and awareness to help everyone involved in the sport learn the dangers of the use of performance-enhancing substances [PEDs], which culminate in creating significant health issues for anyone consuming and actual risks to the rivals.
“The program is ambitious, and its primary objective, apart from testing, is to educate athletes about the danger and disadvantages that doping can cause, as well as the penalties of testing positive for prohibited substances, in or out of competition.
“We want to recognize and applaud the disposition and openess that both boxers have shown, demonstrating their dedication to the well-being and respect of our beloved sport.”
Canelo had previously tested positive for clenbuterol two months before his second fight with Golovkin in March 2018.
The pair eventually fought in September when the Mexican superstar served out a six-month ban,
Alvarez protested his innocence fiercely during the debacle.