By Keith Idec
Canelo Alvarez’s promoter claims he is willing to get tested for performance-enhancing drugs every day from now until his rematch against Gennady Golovkin.
Oscar De La Hoya told TMZ Sports during an interview posted to TMZ.com on Wednesday morning that Alvarez is a clean fighter and will undergo regular testing to prove it. Alvarez has been widely criticized for failing two PED tests in February and for not remaining in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s program while serving his six-month suspension for twice testing positive for clenbuterol.
“Canelo’s a clean fighter and he’ll get tested every single day from now until the fight,” De La Hoya told TMZ Sports as he walked through an airport parking lot.
Dr. Margaret Goodman, VADA’s president, told the Los Angeles Times a week ago, on the same day the Nevada State Athletic Commission extended Alvarez’s temporary suspension, that he wasn’t an active participant in VADA’s program at that time. It isn’t known if Alvarez is currently being tested, despite De La Hoya’s declaration.
The length of Alvarez’s participation in the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, which is run by VADA, will be an extremely important issue if Alvarez and Golovkin agree to reschedule their rematch for September 15. The 27-year-old Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) is expected to fight that night, nearly a month after his suspension is set to end.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) must first get past junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) in their 12-round, 160-pound title fight May 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Martirosyan, of Glendale, California, officially became Alvarez’s replacement a week ago for a fight that’ll be broadcast live on HBO.
Meanwhile, De La Hoya feels Alvarez has been unfairly condemned because meat contamination is a common problem in his native Mexico. Alvarez contends contaminated meat is the source of clenbuterol entering his system.
“It’s unfair,” De La Hoya told TMZ Sports. “Look, it’s a huge problem in Mexico. It’s been proven over and over again, so Canelo’s really getting the short end of the stick here because obviously he’s a popular fighter and a lot of people are gonna hate on him. But he’s been one of the cleanest fighters I’ve known. He’s passed numerous of tests and it was very unfortunate.”
The retired six-division champion emphasized that Alvarez’s reputation has been unjustly tarnished.
“It’s very common,” De La Hoya said regarding Mexico’s meat-contamination problem. “It was proven when the Mexican national soccer team got tested. It’s been proven over and over again. Look, there’s a couple of NFL players that went down there and got tested, and they tested positive for clenbuterol. So it’s a common thing.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.