After failing multiple drugs tests ahead of his mega rematch with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez has been ‘temporarily suspended’ by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Here is the official statement via Dan Rafael of ESPN who has been monitoring the situation closely:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended Canelo Alvarez on Friday due to his two positive tests for the banned substance clenbuterol, commission executive director Bob Bennett told ESPN. Alvarez will be required to appear at a commission hearing on the issue on April 10, less than a month before he is to challenge unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of their controversial draw in September. The commission could suspend him further, placing the rematch in significant jeopardy.
Canelo insists that his consumption of “tainted meat” in Mexico is the real reason for the result of these tests. While many experts are maintaining that this fight will go on as scheduled, there will certainly be some high drama in Vegas on April 10th when Canelo gets in front of the Nevada Commission.
As of today, Canelo Alvarez and GGG are still scheduled to run it back on Cinco De Mayo weekend for what will certainly be the biggest fight of 2018. There may just be too much money on the table for the Nevada Commission to deliver anything permanent to Alvarez in terms of a real suspension. That said, stay tuned.