Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has tested positive for the banned substance, Clenbuterol, ahead of his rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, which is scheduled to take place on May 5th.
A statement released by Canelo’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, suggests Canelo’s positive test was a result of contaminated meat, which the fighter had eaten.
“Results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years.”
At the time of writing, no proof to support this claim, or information on the levels of Clenbuterol found in Canelo’s test have been released to the media.
Golden Boy has now relocated Canelo’s camp from Mexico to the United States and has agreed to take any additional tests VADA deems relevant ahead of the Golovkin fight on May 5th.
A statement from Canelo expressed his embarrassment at the situation and his hope that the truth of the matter will emerge.
“I am an athlete who respects the sport, and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me. I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation, and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail.”