Earlier this month, Canelo Alvarez decided to withdraw from his rematch against Gennady Golovkin. Unfortunately, Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol two times in February. Ultimately, Alvarez was suspended six months by Nevada State Athletic Commission.
According to Alvarez, he tested positive for clenbuterol because of contaminated meat from Mexico.
Vanes Martirosyan, who will step in for Alvarez and battle Golovkin on May 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, CA, is not buying Canelo’s excuse:
“Regarding Canelo, you have to ask, ‘Why did he flunk two drug tests. Why did he withdraw from VADA? I don’t believe him,” Martirosyan said on Monday. “I don’t buy his excuse about tainted meat. If, God forbid, I had tested positive because of accidentally eating something, I would have myself tested every day to prove I was clean. No one wants to see someone cheat his way into a fight.
“That’s why fans love Triple G. Because he is so god in the ring and because he is clean. He has always been tested. He wants boxing to be a clean sport as do I.”
While Alvarez was suspended for six months, his suspension will end in August because he tested positive for clenbuterol back in February. Therefore, if everything goes right, Alvarez will be back in the ring in September.