BN Investigates | Premium | Sep 15 2018

The positive and negative of Canelo Alvarez failing a drug test

Canelo Alvarez walks into the biggest fight of his life seven months after testing positive for a banned substance. Is this fair? What are the implications?
Canelo Alvarez
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THERE is something missing from the press pack provided to the media here in Las Vegas ahead of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch. Within the thick document that details the careers of each fighter, the numerous bios, quotes and ring records, the word clenbuterol cannot be found. Nor is there any mention, bar a fleeting reference from Canelo to “everything that has happened” since the first fight, of the Mexican being suspended for six months after testing positive for the banned substance as recently as February.

Back then, it was huge news in the boxing world. The sport’s most marketable fighter had failed a drug test and, importantly, it was announced to the public. Yet even in the immediate aftermath of the findings, there was still talk that Canelo would be allowed to take on Golovkin on May 5, the original date for the sequel. Because in the world of boxing, particularly for those names and faces at the top, almost anything goes.

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