News | Jul 05 2018

EXCLUSIVE Amir Khan on Canelo Alvarez drug ban

Amir Khan was the victim of brutal Canelo Alvarez knockout. He speaks exclusively to John Dennen
Canelo Alvarez
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OVERSHADOWING his rescheduled rematch with Gennady Golovkin is that Canelo Alvarez is serving out a six month suspension for two failed drug tests.

Traces of clenbuterol were discovered in his system in February, which Alvarez has put down to inadvertently eating contaminated beef in Mexico. Ultimately that led to a May 5 fight with “GGG” being cancelled. Eventually Alvarez was handed his six month ban and so the rematch has been pushed back to September 15 in Las Vegas.

The delay has inconvenienced both fighters and reduced to Alvarez to only having one fight this year. But that ultimately is the only punishment, even though an athlete is responsible for the substances found in their body, even if they were taken by mistake.