Boxing: Saul Alvarez temporarily suspended, revenge of Gennady Golovkin threatened, Sport News & Top Stories


LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Mexican middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was temporarily suspended by Nevada boxing authorities on Friday March 23 for positive drug tests, putting his May 5 title rematch at risk against Gennady Golovkin.

“Mr. Alvarez is temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission by the executive director for his unfavorable analytical results, namely clenbuterol, on February 17 and 20,” said commission executive director Bob Bennett.

“A commission hearing is scheduled for April 10, 2018 to hear Mr. Alvarez or for Mr. Alvarez to attend.”

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Bennett declined to comment on the status of the May 5 fight in Las Vegas.

Golden Boy Promotions, who manages Alvarez, reiterated their position that the fighter did not intentionally take a banned drug.

“We respect the Nevada State Athletic Commission process and will vigorously present Canelo’s case throughout the process,” Golden Boy said in a statement released by Stefan Friedman. “Over the course of his career, Canelo has potty tested more than 90 times and would never have intentionally taken a banned substance.”

Golden Boy had previously acknowledged that the fighter tested positive for the banned Clenbuterol, attributing the result to rotten meat in Mexico, where the drug is sometimes used to fatten up cattle.

They said Alvarez would move his training camp from Mexico to the United States and “submit to any number and variety of additional tests” deemed necessary in preparation for the May fight.

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told the Los Angeles Times that the Kazakh “still trains like he’s going to fight on May 5th and I hope it will be against Canelo.”

Loeffler said the Nevada commission told him Alvarez’s temporary suspension was imposed by their regulations until a hearing was held.

“They told us Canelo complied with the follow-up tests and whatever they asked him to do, but under their rules they had to issue a suspension,” he said.

“We’ve always said it was under Nevada’s supervision and it shows they’re doing a thorough investigation and we applaud them for that,” Loeffler said.

Undefeated Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a draw in a September 16 thriller that ended amid controversy.

While one judge scored the fight for Golovkin and another even got it, there was widespread astonishment at Judge Adalaide Byrd’s card, who scored it 118-110 in favor of Alvarez. .

Golovkin mocked the claim that the tainted meat led to Alvarez’s failed tests on Tuesday, calling him a drug cheater in comments to reporters at his mountain training camp in Big Bear. , in California.

“Forget the Mexican meat,” Golovkin said. “Come on. I told you. It’s not Mexican meat. Ask him. Ask his team, his promotion. Everything.

“Canelo is cheating. They use these drugs and everyone is trying to pretend that it doesn’t happen. And you ask for the meat again? There’s nothing about the meat. Mexican water. “

Golovkin also accused Nevada authorities of accommodating Alvarez.

“I don’t think I would have had the same number of advantages as him,” Golovkin said.


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