Should Canelo Do Year-Round Drug Testing?
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
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Published: April 04, 2018
Yesterday in Los Angeles, California Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez along with Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference to discuss Alvarez’s future regarding his rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. In the press conference, it was announced that Alvarez would be withdrawing from his May 5th date with Golovkin. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended Alvarez for testing positive twice for banned substance clenbuterol in February. Alvarez and his team decided that it was unlikely that he would be cleared to face Golovkin by the NSAC. The NSAC scheduled a hearing for Alvarez on April 18 and could end up suspending Alvarez up to a year.
Golovkin will move forward and fight on May 5 against another opponent that has yet to be determined. Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez stated that a rematch could still take place this upcoming August or September depending on the length of Alvarez’s suspension. Now that the rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin has been canceled many will be wondering what is next for the young Mexican pugilist.
Whether Alvarez likes it or not this chapter of his career will affect the way he will be remembered by fans and pundits. The former 154-pound champion for many will not receive credit for any future victories because of the shadow the positive drug tests have cast over Alvarez’s career. However, Alvarez is not entirely left without any options. As the current face of boxing with only heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as his competition, Alvarez has the chance to set precedence for all future drug testing in the sport. If Alvarez wants to shed any image he may have now as a drug cheat, he could decide to engage in year-round drug testing. This would be 24/7/365 testing that includes testing in and out of competition.
In 2012, the Philippines’ Nonito Donaire took it upon himself to enter into year-round drug testing. At the time Donaire was in his prime and ranked as one of the best fighters in the world. The Filipino was awarded by many publications as the fighter of the year in 2012. The impact of Donaire’s decision to undergo year-round testing was not enough to make other fighters follow in his footsteps. Alvarez could have different results. While fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have engaged in more stringent drug testing by getting tested by companies such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, neither man has done any year-round testing.
Should a fighter of the magnitude of Alvarez decide that he wants to partake in year-round drug testing, it could lead to others joining him. Year-round drug testing is not cheap, but with the amount of income Alvarez generates each fight it should not be a problem when it comes to the testing’s affordability. Also, participating in year-round drug testing will go a long way with fans that the Mexican star may have lost.
There are only a few fighters in the sport that can make a decision that vibrates the entire boxing industry. Not only will year-round drug testing help restore Alvarez’s reputation, but it can change drug testing in the sport for the immediate future.
(Featured Photo: El Nuevo Dia)