Canelo Alvarez suspended for six months for failed drug tests

Gennady Golovkin will defend his middleweight title against Vanes Martirosyan at the Stub Hub Center in California on May 5.

Golovkin is set to fight Vanes Martirosyan following Canelo's withdrawal.

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) fought to a controversial draw last September, with judge Adalaide Byrd coming under criticism for her scorecard, scoring the fight that most thought GGG won for Alvarez by a 118-110 score.

Alvarez will be eligible to return in August.

Golovkin was to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), and International Boxing Organization (IBO) middleweight titles against Canelo Alvarez on that date in a highly-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. "I will always be a clean fighter".

"Vanes hasn't been active, but he had been looking for a fight", Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo. "At the same time, if it was up to Gennady, he would want to fight him as soon as possible".

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However, Canelo was tested positive for a banned substance clenbuterol in March.

Per Nevada's boxing regulations, first-time offenders face a one-year ban that could be cut in half based on cooperation. The suspension back-dates from his first failed drug test which was on February 17.

"As we have maintained all along", Golden Boy's statement read, "the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo's system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts".

He later blamed the tests on eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico, where several athletes across different sports have encountered similar problems in recent years.

"He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level".

Alvarez had already been ruled out of action for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

  • Desiree Holland