By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Daniel Jacobs appreciates the stand the Nevada State Athletic Commission has taken on Canelo Alvarez’s clenbuterol ordeal.
Jacobs firmly feels that commissions and sanctioning organizations haven’t done enough to protect clean fighters from performance-enhancing drug users. But watching the NSAC treat Alvarez, one of boxing’s biggest stars, just like they’d treat lower-profile fighters has been encouraging to Jacobs, even though this situation could delay his opportunity to fight the winner of an Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch.
“I’m just grateful that they took the actions that they did and suspended him, and are making sure that he is not bigger than boxing, and letting him know that,” Jacobs said during an open workout Thursday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “However long this suspension is, I have no idea yet. I’m just glad that this sport can be cleaned up. Like I said, we don’t even really know what’s going on, so I can’t really say too much.”
Mexico’s Alvarez will learn just how long the NSAC will extend his temporary suspension at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Las Vegas.
NSAC executive director Bob Bennett filed a complaint against Alvarez and temporarily suspended him March 23 because he twice tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, in February. Alvarez withdrew from his lucrative pay-per-view rematch against Golovkin on April 3 because his handlers had been advised that the NSAC wasn’t going to allow him to fight Golovkin on May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Skeptics expected the NSAC to allow Alvarez to face Golovkin on May 5 because so much money was at stake for various parties involved in the event.
“Now guys know Canelo,” Jacobs said, “who is probably considered one of the biggest superstars in our sport at the time, if he’s not exempt from being penalized, then no one is. And I think that’ll put a mark inside the sport of boxing. So I’m very grateful for that.”
Jacobs still believes that not nearly enough is being done about the PED epidemic in boxing.
“It sucks for the sport of boxing that these guys can still finagle their way and cheat and do all these different things to make themselves better,” Jacobs said. “It sucks. All I can do is just be the best I can be, be natural and let my skills speak for themselves.”
Brooklyn’s Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) is preparing for a 12-round middleweight match against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs), scheduled for April 28 at Barclays Center in his home borough. HBO will televise Jacobs-Sulecki as the main event of a doubleheader that night.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.