Canelo Alvarez Suspended 6 Months for Positive PED Test Before GGG Fight

Yolanda Curtis
April 21, 2018

Vanes was ordered to take part in a WBC junior middleweight final eliminator, but the contest never got off the ground because numerous opponents turned him down to fight. Alvarez was given a six-month suspension instead of the standard one year for first-time violators.

Alvarez blamed the positive test on tainted meat from his native Mexico.

The Mexican tested positive for Clenbuterol which helps a fighter to keep their weight down while preparing for a fight and the fighter had been accused in the past of cheating by GGG.

After Bateman was briefly questioned by commission members, Alvarez attorney Ricardo Cestero, who attended the hearing via telephone, told the commission, "We are in agreement with the proposed adjudication agreement".

Golovkin, meanwhile, announced Wednesday he would fight Vanes Martirosyan in Carson, California, on the May 5 date he was supposed to meet Alvarez.

The ban is backdated to 17 February, meaning his ban will expire 17 August 2018.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in Las Vegas last September, a fight most neutrals believed unified champion Golovkin had won.

In addition to the ban, Canelo will have to pass drug tests prior to his next fight in Nevada. "When they asked me if I'd take this fight, I said yes".

"Although most professional sports, global anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not".

Because of the positive samples, that rematch was scrapped for its intended May 5 date, and Golovkin earlier Wednesday struck a deal to defend two of his belts against Vanes Martirosyan at StubHub Center.

"He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level", it added of the 27-year-old pugilist, who has a 49-1-2 record.

"It was established that [Canelo's clenbuterol use] was not done with malice... it is definitely a point that clarifies what we have been fighting about, because the problem of clenbuterol is well known and there is a lot of information in Mexico", said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.

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