WBC Prez Says Critics Need To Back Off: Canelo NOT a Cheater!

By Miguel Rivera

The president of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman , once again touched on the issue of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and took aim at the critics who continue to attack the Mexican superstar.

Canelo has been under fire since it was revealed earlier this month that he tested positive for low levels of clenbuterol - as part of the drug testing protocol for the upcoming rematch with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

The tests were carried out in February, but Sulaiman says there were additional tests that were more recent and they came up negative.


The rematch is scheduled for May 5th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Sulaiman is concerned that Canelo is being attacked by critics who are accusing the boxer of being a cheater and a doper.

Canelo and his team have claimed food contamination was the root cause for the failed tests - a position that Sulaiman agrees with.

The boxer has been part of the WBC's Clean Boxing program and never had an issue in the past.

"Everyone took the opportunity to criticize Canelo. He can be criticized for other things, but not cheating, much less being a boxer who uses doping to take advantage of his opponent," Sulaiman said during the festivities for the 55th anniversary of the World Boxing Council.

"There were other tests that were done, and they went negative. Everything indicates that the fight on May 5 does not have any risk of being canceled. There will be a stricter monitoring [in terms of drug testing]. I ask you to respect Saul Alvarez , because it is unfair to cross him out because of something that [he didn't do]."

"For five years, Saul has been subjected to a lot of VADA tests as part of the Clean Boxing program and he has always come out clean. Clenbuterol is a national problem [in Mexico], there are many who give this to their animals to make them fat and the boxer is not looking to gain weight.. on the contrary, he seeks to reduce it. Everything says that this was contamination by way of contaminated meat."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Basco on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=lparm;18568397]Finally some common sense from the boxing community.[/QUOTE] Best joke on the internet!:friday:

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18573257][B]this is looking more and more like accidental contamination[/B] still bizarre that it should happen to Canelo after being so careful for 5 years..... no other results tested positive I want to know how he thinks the contamination occurred[/QUOTE] I'm…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=Bjl12;18572983]So...although it's not [I][B][COLOR="Red"]"in writing"[/COLOR][/B][/I]...pretty clear. Ca$hnelo in CBP in 2017. Ca$hnelo tested more than 8 weeks prior to fight (something VADA doesn't normally do...unless: 1-It's in their contract 2-Ca$hnelo is just in in 2017 Damn. How confuse. Putin…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=Bjl12;18572983]So...although it's not "in writing"...pretty clear. Ca$hnelo in CBP in 2017. Ca$hnelo tested more than 8 weeks prior to fight (something VADA doesn't normally do...unless: 1-It's in their contract 2-Ca$hnelo is just in in 2017 Damn. How confuse. Putin…

Comment by Bjl12 on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;18571854]VADA is a testing organisation and it will do whatever it's paid to do, I think (ie tailored contracts). As part of the CPB it is contracted to conduct random testing throughout the year on certain fighters with WBC rankings,…

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