Canelo Alvarez Fails Drug Test

Canelo Alvarez Fails Drug Test

Canelo Alvarez fails drug test in the build-up to his middleweight rematch on May 5th.

Alvarez is set to challenge unified champion Gennady Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 5 May. Alvarez, who is 27 years old has had 49 matches, 34 of which he has won by Knockout. Golovkin has had 37 fights 33 of which he has won by KO. However, Alvarez was found to have trace elements of clenbuterol in his blood.

His promoter Golden Boy said that it was from consuming contaminated meat. They added that Álvarez is only a single case of many as athletes in Mexico continue to face such issues.

Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory director, Daniel Eichner also made it clear that the drugs in Canelo’s system were at a level that could be expected from consuming contaminated meat.

As soon as the results were out, Golden Boy Promotions informed Gennady Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.  As of yet, there hasn’t been any response from both promoters about the scheduled fight. However, Canelo had this to say;

“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.”

Canelo Alvarez fails drug test
Canelo Alvarez fails drug test

No Comment

Loeffler said that he was not going to make any comments on behalf of Golovkin and would instead wait for more information from VADA.

He said “we’re are really not going to comment until we get more detail from VADA and the commission. We’ll reserve comment, but Gennady has always insisted on VADA testing for any of his fights.

“He then continued to say, “Gennady feels very strongly about a clean sport and level playing field for both guys. He can’t comment on this test specifically, but that’s his position. It’s premature to say anything more until we know all the details.”

Alvarez’s promoter also said that he will move camp from Mexico to the United States and will take any drug test that the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency will deem necessary.


Canelo Alvarez fails drug test
Canelo Alvarez fails drug test


VADA president Margaret Goodman sent a letter to those involved. The results of the urine samples that were taken from Caleno Alvarez on February 17 and February 20. They both tested positive for clenbuterol.

In the letter, Goodman says that she had communicated with the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennet and that they intended to subject Mr Alvarez to more tests in order to help the Nevada State Athletic Commission conclude.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has had such cases before and continues to caution athletes against eating meat in Mexico. The drug clenbuterol is medically used by people who have asthma. Due to its ability to burn fat, athletes will abuse it to drop weight quickly ahead of a match.

Canelo Alvarez has been tested by VADA and the U.S Anti-Doping Agency since 2012 and has passed all of his previous 12 tests.

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