Canelo Alvarez Suspended Six Months
At a hearing on Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed that Canelo Alvarez will be suspended for six months, backdated to his first failed test in February.
Per ESPN’s Dan Rafael the commission and Canelo’s legal team came to an adjudication agreement prior to the start of the hearing, and would be agreed upon unanimously (5-0) by the commission. Alvarez receives a one-year suspension, but for cooperating with the commission it has been reduced to six months, allowable under the rules of the NSAC.
The suspension is retroactive to February 17th, the date of Alvarez’ first failed test for Clenbuterol, which Alvarez and his team have maintained was due to tainted beef.
In a statement, Alvarez’ promoters Golden Boy Promotions, continue to defend Alvarez and confirm a September retur, more than likely against Gennady Golovkin, who faces substitute opponent Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th in Carson, California.
View the statement below.
“As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo’s system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts.Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not. Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today.“Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport’s biggest event of the year. He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.”