De La Hoya: Clenbuterol Won’t Haunt Canelo

On Wednesday, Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez spoke to the press in his first conference call in the lead up to Alvarez’ highly anticipated rematch against Gennady Golovkin.

When asked about if Alvarez’ suspension for clenbuterol will have a lasting damage on the legacy of Alvarez the same way that it did to Shane Mosely and Fernando Vargas, De La Hoya wasn’t worried.

“I’m not concerned one bit because this is totally different,” De La Hoya said. “Sugar Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas tested positive for steroids, performance-enhancing drugs. And this is totally different. This is clenbuterol that was in meat, in tainted meat. So look, everybody in Mexico knows about the big problem that they have with clenbuterol in their meat. And in Mexico, he’s a bigger star than ever. So I don’t think his career will be tainted whatsoever. I think once he beats Golovkin in a spectacular fashion, then people will forget about it here in the States.”

Vargas would test positive for stanzolol following his 11th round stoppage loss against De La Hoya in 2002, and Mosley would admit that he unknowingly took the Balco created “the cream” and “the clear” heading into his rematch against De La Hoya in 2003.

Alvarez, who tested positive in two back to back tests for clenbuterol heading into a May 5th rematch against Golovkin, was handed a retroactive six month suspension back in April, is set to end on August 17th.

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