The Nevada State Athletic Commission has canceled a planned hearing on Friday, with respect to the temporary suspension of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and have now filed an official complaint against the boxer.
The disciplinary hearing, which was scheduled for April 10, is now going forward on April 18. The news was first reported by MMA Fighting.
“After completing my investigation, I made the determination to file a complaint against Mr. Alvarez and set the matter for a disciplinary hearing during the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 18th. Therefore, I am cancelling the hearing that was scheduled for Friday, March 30th," stated NSAC executive director Bob Bennett.
Canelo was temporarily suspended last Friday in connection with two drug tests that came up positive for banned substance clenbuterol in the month of February (17th and 20th).
The boxer is still scheduled, for the moment, to face IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo will have to state his case, in person or via phone, at the NSAC's disciplinary hearing in Las Vegas.
The Mexican superstar and his team have claimed that food contamination is the root cause for the positive tests, with the boxer inadvertently digesting contaminated food.
However, Golovkin and his handlers have disputed Canelo's position on the matter - because numerous athletes, and boxers, have tested positive for clenbuterol in recent years.
Last week, Golovkin verbally exploded in the direction of Canelo - claiming to reporters that the Mexican superstar was a longtime user of performance enhancing drugs - and also claimed that he possesses photographs and videos which show alleged evidence of injections.
Initially many had expected the rematch to push through without any problems, but now the event is in serious jeopardy after the MGM, which owns the T-Mobile, began to offer full refunds to the show. Additionally, Fathom Events - which planned to distribute the fight in movie theaters - has removed the card from their schedule.