Alvarez Makes Testing Deal With VADA
Following being dropped from the WBC’s middleweight rankings for not being enrolled in their “Clean Boxing Program,” Canelo Alvarez announced on Tuesday that he’s signed a deal to participate year-round in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s testing program for performance-enhancing drugs.
Para informarles que acabo de firmar el contrato con @Vada_Testing para pruebas durante todo el año.
I want to let you know that I just signed the contract with @Vada_Testing for year round testing.
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) May 15, 2018
This move by the 27 year old star, seems to be the firs steps in bridging a gap between his team and Gennady Golovkin’s team, in scheduling a rematch for September in Las Vegas.
Alvarez would test positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, twice on February 17th and 20th, which would lead to a backdated six month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as well as the cancellation of his rematch with Golovkin.
Golovkin would end up defeating replacement opponent Vanes Martirosyan, in the second round of their May 5th title fight at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
Alvarez, whose suspension ends on August 17th, wants Golovkin for a fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend. Golovkin, who called Alvarez a “dirty fighter” and likened him to a terrorist, also publicly stated that fighting Alvarez again is his top priority.
The agreement means Alvarez will be subject to random blood and urine testing throughout the year, even when he doesn’t have a fight scheduled, and may be effective as soon as May 15th, the day he announced the deal.