Canelo Out Of GGG Rematch On May 5th
On Tuesday, Canelo Alvarez announced that he has withdrawn from his May 5th rematch against Gennady Golovkin.
The fight, which was scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Pay-Per-View, was marred the past few weeks with the revelation that Alvarez tested positive twice for the fat burning supplement, clenbuterol.
The withdrawal comes a week following a complaint filed against the Mexican boxer by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with a hearing on Alvarez’ fate set for April 18th in Las Vegas.
“I have always been a clean fighter and I always will be a clean fighter,” Alvarez said on a conference call Tuesday. “I want to prove without a doubt that I have never intentionally ingested clenbuterol. I have nothing to hide and I want to be open and transparent through this process. …. I have never taken illegal substances and this is no different.”
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Per a report from ESPN, clenbuterol is classified as a prohibited anabolic agent, which could yield a minimum one-year suspension for Alvarez.
Alvarez, who could end up with a reduced sentence of six months, would be eligible to fight as soon as August 17th, with the suspension being retroactive to the first positive test on February 17th.
Alvarez and his camp maintain that his positive test is due to eating contaminated beef in Mexico, due to farmers using clenbuterol to keep their cattle lean.
Golovkin, in a preemptive move is looking to stay locked in for a fight on May 5th, as he and his promoter Tom Loeffler have filed to promote a fight in Las Vegas on the same date.
Original Story: ESPN