Canelo Alvarez Positive Drugs Test
Canelo Alvarez positive drugs test, has thrown his super fight rematch with GGG into doubt.
Mexican middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez on Monday 6 March 2018 tested positive for a banned substance, although the levels registered could have quickly been picked from a plateful of beef.
Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol, a substance that aids in burning fat and athletes abuse the drug to help the shed body fat and weight faster.
The 27-year old said that he is willing to undergo any test to “clarify this embarrassing situation.”
“I trust that at the end, the truth will prevail,” He said.
Putting his voice into the damning revelation, Daniel Eichner, director of the laboratory that carried out the test said, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”
Canelo’s promoter Gold Boy Promotions said that it was not a unique case especially among Mexican and Chinese athletes. The boxer is also scheduled to shift training camp from Mexico to the United States and undergo further tests.
The drug tests were carried ahead of his match against Kazakhstani Gennady Golovkin on May 5. Responding to the outcome of the test, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loffler said,
“It is hard to comment on it. We are waiting for the Nevada commission to do their due diligence.” Loffler, however, indicated that they are willing to fight go on.
Whichever way the fight goes, it is always a tall order for athletes to redeem themselves out of a tainted image, but it might help if Canelo is cleared in further tests.
A distressed Canelo said, “I am an athlete who respects the sport, and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me.”
The rematch scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The first fight that took place last September and it remains to be seen whether and how the drug test will affect its preparation.
The contract for both the first match and the rematch had stipulated that both fighters randomly undergo tests by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said there are guidelines as to how further tests will be carried, adding that they will be “working with the boxing commission where the fight will take place to get to the bottom of things.”
Is Canelo Innocent
At the same time, World Boxing Association (WBA) President Gilberto Mendoza said that he believes the boxer is innocent.
“He has always shown himself to be a clean athlete. It seems that the issue of clenbuterol is a common problem in Mexico.” Said Mendazo, “We are going to have a big fight on May 5,” He concluded, expressing optimism that the contest will still go on
Canelo’s challenger, 35-year old GGG is the WBA and IBH titles holder and has a 37-0-1, 33KOs record. Canelo’s case is not a stand-alone. In 2016, lightweight titleholder Francisco Vargas tested positive for the same drug before facing Orlando Salido.
After an expressive defence in which, just like Canelo blamed contaminated meat, he was granted a temporary license by the California State Athletic Commission.
Erik Morales, a Hall of Fame entrant, tested positive for the same drug in 2012 but was still allowed to battle Danny Garcia for the welterweight title rematch.
Interestingly, Vargas and Morales were promoted by Golden Boy. The results of the test have elicited reactions that underline the importance of the match.
The clean history of the athlete notwithstanding, it remains to be seen whether the promoter’s history will count