May 21, 2018

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez banned for six months after failing two drugs tests

20 April 2018, 12:38 | Rudolph Thomas

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The hearing panel voted to hand down a one-year ban, reduced to six months because Alvarez had cooperated with their investigation.

That's not Golvkin's fault, and he's grabbed a new opponent for Cinco de Mayo weekend. But Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol.

The soonest Alvarez (49-1-2) can fight again is August 17.

He was forced to withdraw from a world middleweight title rematch against Gennady Golovkin after their first bout in September ended in a draw. Today, however, Vanes Martirosyan answered the call and as a result, will take on the seemingly impossible challenge that Golovkin will present over twelve rounds in the Stubhub Center, Carson, California. We all would rather be getting ready for the fight with Canelo, but there is nothing we could do about that.

Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) was temporarily suspended by the commission on March 23.

"Martirosyan is an experienced fighter who has faced and defeated important fighters".

"We hope he can get back in the ring as soon as possible", Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler said of Alvarez last week.

At a hearing in Las Vegas, the commission unanimously approved a deal that will see Alvarez suspended for six months from the date of his failed test on February 17.

"I am truly shocked about what has happened and for those who have doubts and suspicions about my integrity I have always been and always will be [a] clean fighter", he said.

But with Alvarez suspended there was too little time between the hearing and the fight do promoters chose to cancel the bout.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the brutish Mexican puncher who's been fighting professionally since 15 and Golovkin, the undefeated Kazakh who is considered by many to be the best active fighter in the sport, met in a much-publicized event at the T-mobile Arena - dubbed "Supremacy".

"Vanes dropped [Demetrius] Andrade; he lost a close decision to [Jermell] Charlo that a lot of people thought he won and he lost a competitive fight with Erislandy Lara".

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