In the lead-up to his 5th May rematch with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez is tested positive for a banned substance. Golden Boy Promotions announced in the statement that their fighter, Canelo Alvarez, is positive for clenbuterol in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) drug test. It happened only two months before his rematch with Gennady Golovkin!
Here is the full press release: (quoted by bloodyelbow.com)
“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.”
This is the first time that Canelo Alvarez is tested positive for any substance in his 13-year career. Basically, clenbuterol is used for asthma treatment and breathing complications, but it can also enhance weight loss and increase muscle mass.
The problem with “tainted meat” was known with UFC fighters for a long period of time. Some fighters even weren’t suspended by USADA – Ning Guangyou and Li Jingliang from China, just as Augusto Montano and Brendon Moreno from Mexico. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a warning related to contaminated meat in China and Mexico in 2011.
When it comes to boxing, Francisco Vargas was positive to clenbuterol in 2016 before his fight with Orlando Salido in June 2016. Luckily for him, The California State Athletic Commission gave him a provisional license, and he was allowed to fight. Vargas was negative on additional drug tests and he received no suspension.
However, Canelo Alvarez might have a serious problem. Australian Heavyweight Lucas Browne was stripped of the title. Both of his samples were positive for the banned substance. Browne claimed he didn’t take it intentionally but he was suspended for six months. In the UFC world, a former fighter Francisco Rivera was given a four-year ban. He falsified the evidence which would support his statement.
The rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is scheduled for 5th May in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, the situation becomes worse and worse… What do you think, will Canelo be able to defend? Will the Mexican superstar be suspended for the first time?