WBC Pres Claims They’re Not Protecting Alvarez
Leading up to his first fight with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez claimed that he would not accept the WBC middleweight title if he won. Now, it seems the one-sided bad blood between Alvarez and the WBC has been settled, according to WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman.
Ever since the revelation that the Mexican middleweight tested positive for clebuterol, a performance enhancer, due “tainted meat,” Sulaiman has been up-front in championing Alvarez’ innocence.
Many believe this is a glad hand attempt by Sulaiman to keep the star in their orbit, but Sulaiman contests that in an interview with Forbes.
“Canelo enrolled voluntarily in the clean boxing program and has been tested by VADA for over five years in countless fights. We consider that also as a fact, there has never been a positive test, and these tests have been out of competition, which means they are random surprise testing to make sure this clean boxing program works properly,” Sulaiman told Peter Khan.
“As a high-level competition athlete, he should have a very strong team behind him [and they should have been cautious], but also you have to look at the human aspect. He was in Mexico, going back and forth going to several commitments; this could be the result of one appetizer, one steak, one event where he had one taco.”
Sulaiman told Khan that he could have used the acrimony between Alvarez and the WBC to get back at the middleweight fighter, but claims justice is more important than spite.
“I am not trying to protect Canelo; believe me, this was an opportunity for the WBC and myself to take on the last year of abuse that we received from his side. It is well documented that there have been problems from the fighter against the WBC for some reasons. But we have to be completely neutral. We have to be fair, and justice has to prevail.”
Original Story: Forbes