“I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me,” Alvarez said in a statement earlier this month. “I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail.”
BREAKING: Canelo Álvarez Suspended By Nevada Commission For Drug-Test Failures
It was planned that Canelo Álvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin would step back into the ring and finish what they started last year in their much-anticipated rematch, but now the entire thing is in jeopardy.
Canelo recently failed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs and immediately blamed it on eating Mexican meat. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) apparently had enough and decided on Friday to temporarily suspend him for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
“Alvarez will be required to appear at a commission hearing on the issue on April 10, less than a month before he is to challenge unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of their controversial draw in September.
The commission could suspend him further, placing the rematch in significant jeopardy.
As part of the deal for the first fight, as well as for the rematch, both boxers agreed to be randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
Alvarez provided urine samples on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, and both tests came back positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol, according to a March 5 letter VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman sent to those involved that was obtained by ESPN.”
Alvarez has denied knowingly doping and Golden Boy has stated they would move the camp from Mexico to the United States and take any further tests “that VADA deems necessary” leading up to the scheduled bout with Golovkin.