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Canelo Alvarez has been tested positive for clenbuterol in trace amounts. His team says they are consistent with the contamination of meat that hit athletes in Mexico and China.
Time Sport

Canelo Alvarez's rematch against Gennady Golovkin moved Thursday shortly before the termination or postponement when the Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission issued a formal lawsuit against Alvarez for doping Violations.

Commission Chief Bob Bennett's complaint implies that Alvarez's case is awaiting an explanation as to why two February drug tests showed traces of the banned steroid clenbuterol in his system, now will be heard April 18. That left just over two weeks between the hearing and the scheduled fight date of May 5, so the fight was completely impractical in its initial window of opportunity. Broadcaster HBO has suspended its promotional efforts related to the contest, which drew a controversial draw last September between Alvarez and Golovkin.

Nevada's regulations seem to leave little room for Alveze, who insisted that his positive samples came to consume corrupt Mexican beef. The rules allow exceptions in cases where an athlete has unknowingly consumed a banned substance, but given the fact that problems with Mexican meat have spread and become known, this defense is not open to the once defeated Guadalajara boxer. 19659008] A one-year suspension seems to be the minimum that Alvarez can expect for a first offense. However, this can be reduced to six months if he cooperates with the Commission.

Following the Nevada complaint, Alvarez's "use, ingestion and / or consumption of Clenbuterol, whether intended or not, constitutes an anti-doping violation."

A six-month ban would allow the rematch against Golovkin in September, possibly on May 15, on the Mexican Independence Day weekend, one of the best boxing events.

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