Khan: Canelo Should Be Banned for Life

Amir Khan has been on the comeback trail this year — back in April, he competed in his first boxing match since 2016.

That 2016 bout saw Khan jump from welterweight to challenge then-WBC Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez in the first boxing headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In that bout, one hard punch from Alvarez knocked Khan out in the sixth.

Now, Alvarez is under a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for clenbuterol, which Alvarez blamed on tainted meat. The suspension originally canceled a planned rematch with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin; the bout has since been re-scheduled for September 15.

But to Khan, Alvarez got off light. In fact, Khan feels Alvarez should have received a lifetime ban.

“At the end of the day, I’m just focusing on my career first and making sure I do everything and I don’t make any mistakes. Look, there are some big names out there in boxing. I’m focusing on them. I’m on my path in boxing and Canelo, whatever he did, he did wrong,” Khan said.

But I just think it’s wrong for boxing to do that. Because we work so hard and when we work so hard, someone that takes drugs should be banned for good. Should be banned forever. Not only given a six-month ban.

Khan, however, is not surprised by the length of Alvarez’s punishment, as he feels Alvarez is considered too much of a draw to lose.

Because Canelo’s so big in the business that people are going to respect him, the boxing media are going to back him, the promoters are going to back him. He brings a lot of money to the table. So they want to respect him, they want to keep him in boxing.

Original Story: Boxing News

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