Boxing fans and pundits around the world were shocked last night after it emerged Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez had tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol ahead of his rematch against Gennady Golovkin.
The first fight in Las Vegas last September ended in a controversial draw and the world is waiting to see who the real middleweight king is in the second bout. Golovkin, 35, will once again put his WBA, WBC and IBF belts on the line against Alvarez, 27, on May 5 in Las Vegas.
Despite the positive test Canelo had, the rematch is expected to go ahead according to plan, as it was blamed on 'meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years'.
Clenbuterol is used to treat asthma but can also help burning off fat and building lean muscle mass.
Alvarez was unsurprisingly bothered by the news and has tried to plead his innocence.
"I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me," he said in a statement.
"I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail."
British WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who has been hoping to secure a fight against the winner of Canelo vs Golovkin, reacted to the news by posting an explosive tweet.
"@Canelo you cheating red headed w*****r ' @GGGBoxing lets go champ 😉💯"
Saunders is currently preparing to make the fourth defence of his WBO title at the O2 Arena in London next month. He is facing 4-time world title challenger Martin Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs) in what is expected to be the 'Battle of Britain'.
If everything against Murray goes according to plan, the Brit would be glad to face either Canelo or GGG next. But for now, it looks like the rematch will take place and he will have to wait for the winner of it.
Daniel Eichner, director at the WADA-accredited laboratory that conducted the tests, confirmed that the levels of clenbuterol in Canelo's body respond to a food contamination:
"These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination."
Alvarez will now move his training camp from Mexico to the USA, so that he can avoid testing positive again and putting the highly anticipated rematch into further doubt.News Now - Sport News