Canelo Alvarez has reached a settlement agreement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in response to his recent failed drug tests, for which he voluntarily cancelled his upcoming rematch with Gennady Golovkin aka Canelo-GGG-2.
In a 5-0 vote by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Canelo Alvarez’s suspension for failing two drug tests was set at six months. The suspension was to begin upon the date of the first failed test February 17th and will end on August 17th. Canelo’s promoter Golden Boy Boxing has indicated via their official press statement that Canelo will return to the ring for Mexican Independence Day in September. The statement can be read in full below.
“As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo’s system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts.
Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not. Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today.
Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport’s biggest event of the year. He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.”
Despite resolution this issue, many questions remain. Will his return to the ring be for Canelo-GGG-2? If not, who will he face? What kind of shape/mindset will Canelo be in after this bump in the road? His future performances will certainly fall under greater scrutiny? Stay tuned to find out folks.