Middleweight Champions Gennady Golovkin (GGG) has described Saul ‘’Canelo’’ Alvarez’s failed drug test as “outrageous’’ ahead of the boxing rematch which will take place on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol which he has since blamed on contaminated meat, according to boxing news reports.
Golovkin will put his WBC, WBA and IBF titles on the line during the rematch and has hit out at Alvarez following the positive test results.
He said: “I don’t want to talk about it much because if it’s positive that it’s a performance-enhancing drug for him, that’s just outrageous.
“But my hope is that all parties involved will cooperate in the investigation and make more efforts to ensure clean boxing. That’s what I’m for, clean boxing.”
The news will most likely add to the frustration of Golovkin after the first fight between the two ended in a draw last September, despite many fans and pundits feeling that Golovkin had done enough on the day to secure victory.
On Monday, the 27-year- old Alvarez released a statement and said: “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.”
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has voiced support for Alvarez and said: “It seems that the issue of clenbuterol is already a common case in Mexico, in previous opportunities, sibling bodies have had to study this cause and so they will know more about it, but I know that the sample is at the levels that are expected of meat consumption and he said that he will submit to all the protocols required and while that happens, the WBA will continue to be next to Canelo, as it always has been.”