Uh-oh. News just broke that Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned substance ahead of his rematch with GGG. Have no fear boxing fans, this isn’t the UFC or USADA and odds are that the fight will continue on its scheduled May 5 date. In typical fighter fashion, his camp has blamed tainted meat. With Canelo being from Mexico, it is a very definite possibility that this could be the case.
Dan Rafael first reported the news for ESPN.
“As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years,” Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez’s promoter, said in a statement addressing the positive test. “As Daniel Eichner, director of [the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory], the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter [Monday], ‘These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.’ Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.”
Odds are slim that anything will be done in the way of discipline. This fight is going to generate so much money for Las Vegas and their commission that everyone will do their due diligence to make it happen. Plan on the rematch going down on May 5.