The Nevada State Athletic Commission Temporarily Suspends Canelo Alvarez
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 24, 2018
Boxing’s current most prominent superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) has had a rough few weeks. In February, Alvarez tested positive twice for the banned substance clenbuterol. As many have now heard, clenbuterol is a drug that has its own controversial past. The substance has been used throughout Canelo’s native Mexico. Former world champions Francisco Vargas, and future Hall-of-Famer Erik Morales have tested positive for the banned substance.
Many have come to the defense of Alvarez stating that the “tainted meat” excuse is more than valid. Others such as Alvarez’s next opponent, Gennady Golovkin has made his voice heard that he feels the “tainted meat” excuse has no validity.
Unfortunately for Alvarez, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has decided to ‘temporarily suspend’ the Mexican fighter. A commission meeting has been scheduled to take place next month on April 10 to determine if Alvarez will remain under suspension. At this point, the planned rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin is still likely to take place on May 5.
The narrative that fans and pundits have pushed is that the NSAC would not dare punish a fighter that brings in so much revenue to the state. If the suspension takes place in April, it will shake up the boxing landscape and leave the boxing world waiting for when the rematch will be rescheduled.
Major players in the boxing world have been accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in the past such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao. Neither of these men failed a test like Alvarez, but for some fans, there will always be a question mark about their careers. Alvarez will now have to face the same criticism as those fighters. If the Canelo-Golovkin rematch does take place and Alvarez comes out victorious, there will be a significant segment of fans that will not give the young Mexican full credit. The executive director of the NSAC Bob Bennett spoke with the Los Angeles Times about Alvarez’s suspension.
(Feature Photo: Monte Isom for HBO Boxing)