Feature | Apr 19 2018

Lawless: Canelo Alvarez and Clenbuterol

Following Canelo Alvarez's positive drug test for clenbuterol, Elliot Worsell tracked down men with a knowledge of the situation - and the drug - in an attempt to get to the bottom of it
Canelo Alvarez
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THOUGH he refuses to squeal, there can be no denying the involuntary noise he emits, when asked the question he didn’t expect to be asked, sounds just like a squeal. “Ooooooh-weeeeee,” goes the heavyweight. “You can’t ask me about drugs!”

This uncomfortable squeal, by the way, is also the sound boxing officials make when posed similar questions. “It’s bad for boxing,” he eventually concedes. “That’s all I can say.”

Others are less reticent. One former champion tells me, “Everybody knows he is on stuff. It’s so obvious it’s almost funny. But he makes people money, so will get away with it.” Someone else says, “I was in training camp with him and his coach was telling me – pretty much boasting – how he manages to take this drug and avoid failing a test.” Another reveals, “They made me and everyone else leave the gym after sparring because he was being administered something his strength and conditioning coach told me was on the banned list.”


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