BOTH Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will be tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) in the lead up to their September 16 superfight, and both will be required to meet a required weight on the day of the fight.
Golden Boy Promotions recently confirmed that Canelo will not challenge for Golovkin’s WBC middleweight title, though he will contest the WBA and IBF belts.
That threw up some questions over what drug testing protocol would be used, but Golden Boy matchmaker Roberto Diaz moved to explain how both will undergo random drug tests administered by Vada.
“There is a lot of testing. A lot of testing is not put in just only from an organisation. There is a lot of testing. Both are fighting regardless if one’s fighting for the belt or not. Both fighters have been tested and are still being tested,” he said.
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) August 10, 2017
The IBF rules state that a fighter contesting their title cannot weigh more than 10lbs above the contracted weight on the day of the fight. So, for this fight, neither man can weigh more than 170lbs on September 16, the day of the fight.
There was speculation that the Mexican, who notoriously re-hydrates massively for his fights, might not bother fighting for the IBF belt so that he can do so for this clash with Golovkin, but Diaz reassured fans that he will adhere to their rules.
He said: “And as far as the IBF second-day weigh-in, yes, they are fighting for the IBF title and that’s the rule of the IBF.”
Golovkin and Canelo will meet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, creating an outstanding fight that has long been called for by fans and media alike. Though Canelo is not set to pay the WBC’s sanctioning fee, Golovkin is treating this fight as though he is defending all of his belts – regardless, the winner will undoubtedly be the best middleweight in the world.