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Golovkin Promoter: Canelo Did The Right Thing, A Good Step

On Tuesday, Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) announced that he enrolled in year-round testing with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association).

Canelo has been under fire since testing positive, twice, for the banned substance clenbuterol back in February.

While Canelo was firm that his positive tests were a direct result of ingesting contaminated meat in Mexico - the Nevada State Athletic Commission still suspended him for six months. 

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Because of the positive tests, Canelo's scheduled rematch with IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) fell apart. It was set to take place on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo will return to the ring on September 15th, as part of Mexican Independence Day weekend, and the rematch with Golovkin is the first choice on his list.

But there was some tension between the two camps, after Golden Boy Promotions executives Eric Gomez and Oscar De La Hoya, who handle Canelo, said their boxer would not begin a drug testing protocol until the rematch with Golovkin was signed.

Tom Loeffler, who runs Golovkin's promotional company, was very pleased to hear the news - and feels Canelo is doing the right thing to clear his name. 

“I think it’s the right thing to do, especially for someone who has been proclaiming his innocence,” Loeffler said to Yahoo Sports.

“Gennady has been clear that he would have no problem continuing to be tested through the fight in September, and he expected the same from Canelo, so this is a step in the right direction.

“It would have been a requirement [to make the fight], but they never balked at doing it. It was a matter of when it would start. When he said he’d start testing when the contract was signed, that raised a few flags, but really, if he’s being tested now, there are no issues. This was a good step.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by omh on 05-16-2018

Since they cryed about his legal handwraps canelo should go after ggg's suspect custom gloves that many fighters have complained about

Comment by Verus on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=stealthradon;18776891]I agree. GGG should only get 2%. And no drug testing. Canelo gets to select arena and judges. He gets choose sponsors. And ringwalk. And wrapping. And catchweight. And rematch clause.[/QUOTE] Now the whining begins in earnest.

Comment by stealthradon on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=Verus;18776685]I doubt that they will sign the contract until Golovkin and Abel Sanchez whine and moan and get their army of GGG cheerleaders to dog Canelo in hopes of getting a better deal. Canelo should fight someone else in September…

Comment by mvooom on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=Boxinghero1;18776482]Now the question is, will ggg do testing all year round?[/QUOTE] "Gennady has been clear that he would have no problem continuing to be tested through the fight in September" This same article. I don't know if it's all year…

Comment by Verus on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18776563]Took the hair test which goes back at least 6 months, no PEDs found. Is enrolled in VADA testing 4 months out from his next fight. No more excuses Loeffler now sign the contract you already have the contract framework…

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