Canelo Alvarez withdraws from his May 5th showdown with Gennady Golovkin
The highly anticipated rematch between Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and unified middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) has been canceled after Alvarez officially withdrew on Tuesday, amid two doping violations, and a possible extension of the temporary suspension he is currently facing from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
"As you all know there is a hearing on April 18 and it's extremely unlikely this will get properly resolved by then and we need enough time to promote this fight.
"Additionally, given the current regulations in Nevada we have been advised, and it is unfortunate, that Canelo won't be cleared to fight in May. We are hopeful this matter will be resolved and we are hoping Canelo will be cleared so we can reschedule the fight for August or September."
Despite the recent violations , Canelo has maintained that he is not a dirty fight and accepts the ruling by the NSAC.
"I want to apologize to HBO, Tecate and Hennessy and all my other sponsors, the media and to everyone who is involved in the promotion of this event, and especially to the fans. I respect this sport. I will always be a clean fighter."
Unfazed by the news of Alvarez withdrawing, champion Gennady Golovkin stated via Twitter that he still plans on defending his titles on May 5th, as planned.
No opponent has yet been named as the replacement to Alvarez.
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