Canelo suspended 6-months; expected to return in September

Canelo Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in February.

According to ESPN.COM, Alvarez’s suspension will be lifted on Aug. 17, six months from Feb. 17, the date of his first positive drug test.

Here is a statement from Golden Boy Promotions on Alvarez’s suspension and his future:

As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo’s system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts.

“Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not.¬†Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today.

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.

Expect Canelo-GGG 2 in September after Golovkin dispatches his new opponent Vanes Martirosyan on May 5.