By Steve Kim
This past Friday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez due to his positive tests for the banned substance clenbuterol. The positive tests were taken on February 17 and February 20.
Canelo is still currently scheduled to take part in a rematch against IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5th, and the fight is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The duo fought to a disputed twelve round split draw in that same venue this past September.
The NSAC has ordered Canelo (49-1-2, 4 KOs) to explain himself, either in person or by phone, during a hearing scheduled for April 10.
During that hearing the NSAC will make a final determination regarding Canelo's suspension and his ability to take part in the rematch with Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).
At the moment, there is no clear indication regarding which direction the NSAC will take.
So with this hanging over their head, is Golovkin's side making any contingency plans?
Tom Loeffler, the head of GGG Promotions, told BoxingScene.com - "It's hard to predict what the commission is going to do. But Gennady said he definitely wants to fight on May 5th. He's in full training camp, he just started his sparring. He's getting ready one way or the other to fight May 5th. Hopefully everything works out.
"Naturally the commission has to do their due diligence. My understanding is from what they said, 'Canelo' has complied with everything, all their requests they've made of him. They've done multiple tests since those tests in Mexico."
There is no doubt that Golovkin and his side prefer the May 5th bout stay on course with Canelo.
"Hopefully everything will work out and we'll see a great fight on Cinco De Mayo," said Loeffler.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.