Canelo Hair Sample Comes Back Negative

A hair sample submitted by Canelo Alvarez to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), at the request of the NSAC, has tested negative for the banned substance clenbuterol.

As reported by Bad Left Hook, the hair samples were given to the commission back on March 29 and were tested at the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hair was tested because clenbuterol can remain in a person’s hair for several months, while it can only be detected for about a week in urine after ingestion.

The negative test may give some credibility to Alvarez’s defense that a failed drug test — which gave him a six-month suspension from the NSAC and the cancelation of a planned May 5 rematch with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin — was the resulted of tainted meat he had eaten. However, it’s noted testing hair for clenbuterol is not that easy, especially with light-colored hair.

Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez’s promoter, says this test should prove his boxer’s innocence once and for all.

“From the beginning, Canelo has insisted that he accidentally ingested clenbuterol from eating tainted meat,” Gomez said. “The fact this NSAC-required hair follicle test came back entirely negative for any traces of clenbuterol should lay to rest any suspicion that he was intentionally taking a banned substance. Canelo is looking forward to getting back into training and returning to the ring in September. He thanks all of his fans for sticking by him and believes this test proves once and for all that he is a clean fighter.”

NSAC Commissioner Bob Bennett released the following statement:

We initiated the test to be as comprehensive as possible but knowing it’s very difficult, according to the experts. It’s a difficult process to be able to confirm whether there is clenbuterol in the hair follicles, but I talked to (SMRTL president and laboratory director) Dr. (Michael) Eichner and he said they’d run the test even though it is even more difficult to run on light-colored hair. But we sent them the samples and the tests came back negative.

Alvarez looks to return to the ring in September, possibly his intended rematch with Golvokin taking place on Sept. 15, almost exactly one year to the date of their first title bout.

Original Story: Bad Left Hook

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