Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin fought a controversial draw at their first meeting in September. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for doping violations. Thus, the Mexican boxer's rematch on 5 May with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin is in grave danger as Alvarez is likely to be suspended until at least mid-August.
The complaint filed on Tuesday and revealed on Thursday refers to two dates in February on which Alvarez submitted samples outside the competition that tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance that helps burn fat and to increase muscle mass. When Alvarez received reports of the failed tests this month, Alvarez claimed that he inadvertently swallowed the substance while eating rotten Mexican meat, a problem – and apology – that has hit a host of athletes in the past.
Robert of NSAC Bennett, however, had none of this and said in his complaint that "Alvarez's use, ingestion and / or consumption of Clenbuterol, whether intentional or not, constitutes an anti-doping violation." He added that "Clenbuterol is in the allowed system," Alvarez reflected in the behavior that discredited the loan to unarmed combat and he is guilty of bad or unsportsmanlike conduct that was detrimental to a contest. "
The NSAC gave Alvarez a provisional suspension Last week, he set up a hearing on April 10 where he and his representatives could speak up for his case. Bennett pointed out in his complaint that the Commission's rules provide for a suspension of at least nine months and not more than 24 months, but his agency tended to ban bans for a first time for a year, with the odds of halving them as athletes Co-operative
However, the formal complaint has been postponed until 18 April when the Commission holds a regular monthly meeting. This date comes dangerously close as Alvarez and Golovkin go into battle and the latter's camp leaves almost no realistic chance to deliver an irresistible replacement should Alvarez's suspension be sustained.
MGM Resorts International owns the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where the middleweight title fight takes place, has already raised a great deal of concern about whether it would actually take place. On Wednesday, the company sent ticket buyers notice that they would be offered a full refund if the rematch is canceled.
Asked whether the fight would still take place on Thursday night, Golovkin said, "Perhaps, He added that he was" ready. "Last week, the Kazakh boxer has both Alvarez and his supporter Former boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya, insulted as a longtime fraudster, said: "Again with Mexican meat? Come on.
"I told you, it's not Mexican meat, it's Canelo, that's his team, that's his promotion," Golovkin continued. "… Canelo cheats, they use these drugs, and everyone just tries to pretend that it does not happen."
As some box analysts noted, if Alvarez got a one-year ban, he would have a retrospective effect on that Date of his first failed test set on 17 February, and if this ban is then reduced to six months, he would be entitled to fight again on 18 August. "This means that the rematch of his controversial draw last September with Golovkin – who won the most – could be postponed for the Mexican Independence Day weekend in mid-September," wrote Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo Sports Kevin Iole, "I have not talked to anyone specifically because I do not want to endanger Canelo's fight." The priority is to fight Canelo.
At the same time, if for some reason an unfavorable decision is made and Canelo can not fight, we have to make sure that we get a good opponent for Gennady because he made it clear he wants to fight on May 5th.
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