News | Mar 06 2018

Canelo Alvarez opponent: ‘You fail a drug test, if it’s legit, you should be banned’

Liam Smith tells John Dennen what he really thinks about the Canelo Alvarez scandal
Canelo Alvarez
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LIAM SMITH is the last man to have suffered a knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar, ahead of his May 5 rematch with Gennady Golovkin, has been revealed to have tested positive for traces of clenbuterol, which has been attributed to eating contaminated meat in Mexico. Smith for one fears that Canelo won’t face an appropriate penalty.

“I think it’s getting beyond a joke now and more needs to be done. You fail a drug test, if it’s legit, you should be banned and that’s that,” Smith told Boxing News.

“I think he’s failed a drug test,” Liam continued. “You’ve seen Francisco Vargas, who my brother [Stephen] fought last year, he failed a drug test for the same thing and he said it was meat, so with Canelo being from Mexico and supposedly a clever man, a superstar athlete in his own right, he shouldn’t put himself in that situation to eat that sort of meat. You know what you’re putting in your body. With him being Mexican himself and with him knowing about that meat situation before then I think he should know.”