Canelo Alvarez Tests Positive for Banned Substance; Blames Mexican Meat
May 5th was supposed to be the much anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, but a monkey wrench got thrown into the plans after Canelo tested positive for a banned substance.
Here’s the kicker: He isn’t denying anything, but he does have a valid excuse, if it turns out to be true.
Golden Boy Promotions released a statement:
STATEMENT FROM GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2018): As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years.
As Daniel Eichner, Director of SMRTL, the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter today, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”
Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.
As has been planned, Canelo will immediately move his training camp from Mexico to the United States and will submit to any number and variety of additional tests that VADA deems necessary ahead of and after May 5.
Added Canelo: “I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me. 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.”
Canelo has tested clean dozens of times over the course of his previous 12 fights.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler was notified of the positive test. The first fight took place on September 16, and it ended in a controversial tie.