Canelo Alvarez tests positive for Clenbuterol
Published: March 05, 2018
The most significant fight of the year has come upon its first roadblock. It was reported today by multiple sources that Mexico’s most prominent superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has tested positive for the banned substance, clenbuterol. Alvarez is currently scheduled to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in a rematch on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this point, it is unclear if the bout will still take place with more information yet to come out.
Clenbuterol is a substance that has been in the public eye before with fighters from Mexico. In 2012, future hall-of-famer Erik Morales failed a test for the substance before his rematch with former 140-pound champion, Danny Garcia. More recently, former 130-pound champion Francisco Vargas tested positive for clenbuterol in 2016. The reason for the positive test that has been used on each occasion is that the meat in Mexico is tainted. At this point, with the number of positive tests that have been found, fighters in Mexico need to be more mindful when training in the country as it pertains to what they eat. There can only be so many times that being woefully ignorant and irresponsible is used as an excuse.
The news of Alvarez’s positive test has sent shockwaves through the boxing world. Many have found the story to be surprising while others have been more apathetic. Needless to say, this development will take a toll on Alvarez’s reputation who for the last few years has used VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) on a regular basis. The hope for many fans is that the positive test does not impact the rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin. The first fight sold over a million in pay-per-view buys and had the third highest selling gate in boxing history.
Alvarez may have to adhere to a more stringent and rigorous drug-testing program for the Golovkin bout to take place as scheduled. Alvarez knows what the fight with Golovkin means for his legacy. The Mexican star should be prepared to face the consequences that result from the positive test.
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