Boxer Canelo Alvarez Banned From Fighting After Failing Steroids Test

Marco Green
April 20, 2018

The middleweight champion has found a replacement for Canelo Alvarez, who has been suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing two drug tests.

Canelo's ban will be lifted on August 17, six months from February 17, the date of his first positive drug test.

Alvarez's promoters said meat contamination had "impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years".

"If anyone is taking any enhancing drugs then they should be banned 100 percent, it should not be allowed", said Khan.

From the moment his rematch with Canelo Alvarez was canceled on April 3, unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin insisted that he still wanted to fight on May 5, even though it meant a significant reduction in his purse.

Alvarez denied the doping charges, claiming that the positive tests were a result of consuming contaminated meat, but cooperated with the investigation. Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today. "I do believe in my heart I'm going to beat (Golovkin) because he's never fought someone with my style". "Golovkin versus Martirosyan will definitely be the fiesta de résistance of Cinco De Mayo".

The duo may meet again in September. "Best of all, he is ready and wants the fight". Life bans or at least a couple of years so that you feel it. "But he knows what he has to do".

"Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career", Golovkin said.

In the American justice system plea bargains are common-place and it is assumed that a deal has been done with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to limit the punishment to Alvarez. At this point, however, no fight is scheduled.

Khan is looking tofuture super-fights of his own, including a world title rematch with Danny Garcia and a domestic blockbuster with Kell Brook. Meanwhile, Canelo is not now subject to VADA, the agency that does testing for the World Boxing Council.

"Right now, we're focused on May 5", Loeffler said.

"Absolutely, " said Loeffler, who also attended the hearing.

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