Canelo Alvarez hit with 6-month suspension, report says


Alvarez twice tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned performance-enhancing drug, in random urine tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 17 and February 20. The fight will headline an exciting world championship card which will take place, under the stars, at StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif.

The ruling means it is likely Alvarez will reschedule his rematch with Gennady Golovkin on the weekend of Mexican Independence in September. Since Alvarez had to drop out of the fight, Golovkin will take on Vanes Martirosyan instead.

Alvarez's suspension will be lifted on August 17, six months from February 17, the date of his first positive drug test.

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) and Alvarez fought to a draw last September, and the rematch was the most anticipated bout of the year. But Nevada commission rules call for a suspension when a banned substance is in the athlete's system, regardless of how it got there.

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Alvarez has denied knowingly taking the prohibited substance and blamed the positive tests on contaminated beef, which has been an issue in Mexico for years.Ranchers have been known to use clenbuterol in their feed, even though it is also banned.

However, Robert Bennett of the NSAC said in the complaint that "Alvarez's utilization, ingestion and/or consumption of Clenbuterol, whether intentional or not, constitutes an anti-doping violation". The standard recommended suspension of one year was lessened because of Alvarez's cooperation with authorities.

The writing was on the wall, in terms of Canelo Alvarez - Gennady Golovkin II being postponed, and now it's being reported that Canelo's been suspended for six months.

But the T-Mobile Arena showdown will no longer go ahead, with Alvarez withdrawing two weeks ago in light of his suspension and ahead of a scheduled hearing with the Nevada commission this Wednesday.