Alvarez Tests Positive Due To Meat Contamination
In a press release sent out by Golden Boy Promotions, the promotional group announced that Canelo Alvarez has found to have tested positive for Clenbuterol.
Clenbuterol is known to “cause an increase in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation, blood pressure, and oxygen transportation. It is commonly used for smooth muscle-relaxant properties as a bronchodilator and tocolytic.”
Alvarez and Golden Boy claim that it is due to meat contamination, which has been an issue with athletes in Mexico over the past few years.
Per Daniel Eichner, Director of WADA-accredited lab, SMRTL, who are conducting the tests for the May 5th fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”
Alvarez will be moving his camp from Mexico to the United States immediately, and has immediately notified bot the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.
The Mexican boxer will also submit to any “number and variety of additional tests” from VADA leading up to and after his rematch with Golovkin on May 5th.
In the release Alvarez claimed that, “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.”