With the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to file a complaint against Canelo Alvarez on Thursday, for testing positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol on Feb. 17 & 20, there is a good possibility that Canelo-GGG II may not happen.
Also, with reports that full refunds are available for those who purchased tickets for Canelo-GGG, this fight is probably dead.
Here is the statement from NSAC executive director Bob Bennett today:
“After completing my investigation, I made the determination to file a complaint against Mr. Alvarez and set the matter for a disciplinary hearing during the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 18th,” Bennett said.
According to ESPN, any suspension is retroactive to the date of the first positive test, which means if Alvarez receives a one-year suspension but cooperates with the commission and has it cut to six months, he would be eligible to box again after August 17,
However, If it were up to the great Floyd Mayweather, Canelo-GGG would still be on for May 5:
“I think the fight still should happen,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com. “If he(Canelo) got busted, whatever he did. Okay, so say he got busted. Okay, so from here all the way to the fight, it should just be random blood and urine testing, and then they should fight.”
According to Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo would submit to any number and variety of additional tests that VADA deems necessary ahead of and after May 5, but that might not be enough.
Even if the fight is canceled, it’s not like they can’t fight at some point down the line. So, if they miss one big Mexican holiday in Cinco de Mayo, there is always Mexican Independence Day in September, which would work if Canelo’s suspension does end in August.
In the end, Las Vegas will find a way to make this fight happen. It’s just of matter of when.