Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, currently preparing for his rematch against Gennady Golovkin in May, has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
Alvarez and Golovkin are scheduled to meet again on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch after their controversial draw last September.
As part of the deal for both fights, both boxers agreed to be randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
Alvarez provided urine samples on February 17 and February 20, and both of the "A" samples came back positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol, according to the letter VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman released on Monday.
According to Alvarez himself, meat contamination was to blame for failing both tests.
It isn't the first time that clenbuterol has shown up for a Mexican athlete in recent years because of the food in the country.
Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez's promoting company, were quick to release a statement regarding the positive test and pointing that meat contamination is the reason.
"As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years," Golden Boy stated.
"As Daniel Eichner, director of (the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory), the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter (on Monday), 'These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.' Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler."
Dave Coldwell, Tony Bellew's coach, was among those to react to the breaking news and made a very good point.
If the meat contamination scandal is so well known about in Mexico, why wasn't Canelo far more careful about what he was eating?
Bellew himself is so paranoid about unintentionally failing a drugs test he will often bring his own water with him when travelling away from home.
Despite the positive test, it seems that the rematch is still on as Canelo will continue being tested until the Nevada State Athletic Commission makes a final decision.
As a reaction to the clenbuterol traces found in his samples, Alvarez has already moved his training camp from Mexico to the USA.News Now - Sport News