Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez has been granted six-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for failing two drug tests in February 2018 in Mexico. The six-month ban came after a thorough investigation and was approved by the commissioners in an unsurprising 5-0 vote at the Commission’s monthly meeting. The hearing neither saw the world champion nor his promoter Golden Boy Promotions. Alvarez is expected to return to the sport in August however, his May 5 match against Gennady Golovkin stands cancelled.
Though the former junior featherweight world title challenger and middleweight world champion risked a two-year ban over his failed drug tests, he has been granted just a six-month suspension due to his cooperation with the authorities during the investigation who also took into consideration that this was his first-time offense. The boxer also provided documents related to his diet in days leading up to the urine tests. The ban will be lifted in August 17, 2018, six months after the boxer’s first positive drug test came to light.
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Alvarez blames contaminated meat for positive drug test
During the two voluntary out-of-competition tests, the 27-year-old athlete had tested positive for clenbuterol that is typically abused by athletes and bodybuilders. The drug is not approved for human use in the United States. Listed as a PED by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), clenbuterol is abused for its fat-burning property and the ability to increase lean muscle mass.
The positive results have shocked the boxer who found the incident rather embarrassing. Expressing his deep respect for the sport, Alvarez maintained that it had never happened to him. He also agreed to submit all the tests required of him to get out of the embarrassing situation. He claimed that it happened after consuming contaminated beef, a common problem for athletes in Mexico. The athlete was supported by his promoter who continued to defend him claiming that the boxer did not take the substance on purpose.
Alvarez looking forward to his return
Alvarez’s fans are hopeful for the boxer’s highly anticipated match with the middleweight champion Golovkin, which is likely to be rescheduled. In a statement issued by Golden Boy Promotions, both Alvarez and the company respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore, satisfied with the settlement reached by the NSAC. The spokesperson for the company said that “Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport’s biggest event of the year. He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.”
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