Canelo Alvarez Gets 6-Month Suspension For Dirty Drug Test

Gennady Golovkin to fight Vanes Martirosyan on 5 May in Los Angeles

19 April, 2018

Alvarez is due to face the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today but he has been provisionally suspended for the infraction.

Alvarez first tested positive for the prohibited substance Clenbuterol on February 17, and the commission made a decision to backdate his ban to that date.

In a report from ESPN's Dan Rafael on Wednesday, Vanes Martirosyan will be the opponent for Golovkin on May 5th at Carson, California's StubHub Center. They announced his next bout will take place on September 15, Mexican independence weekend, and it is believed this will likely be the rescheduled Gennady Golovkin rematch.

Golovkin never stopped training and clearly has no interest in cutting Alvarez any slack, nor does he give much credence to Alvarez's stated explanation for two positive drug tests.

Canelo Alvarez (R) punches Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during their catchweight bout at T-Mobile Arena on May 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Loeffler said Golovkin could be ready for a September date with Alvarez.

Alvarez was not in attendance, but will be eligible to return to boxing from August 17. The red-headed fighter is one of the most recognizable athletes in Mexico and one of the country's biggest sports heroes.

"I hope he's learned a lesson, that he is responsible with what he puts in his body", commission Chairman Anthony Marnell said. "Alvarez denies intentionally taking clenbuterol or any other substances prohibited by the commission".

However, the 27-year-old tested positive for banned fat-stripper clenbuterol earlier this year and subsequently pulled out of the fight, claiming that contaminated meat in Mexico had caused the sample as opposed to deliberate attempts to dope. He added that "by allowing Clenbuterol to enter his system, Alvarez engaged in conduct that reflected discredit to unarmed combat and he is guilty of foul or unsportsmanlike conduct that was detrimental to a contest".

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