Canelo Alvarez receives favorable ruling after positive test for banned substance

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

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Canelo Alvarez has submitted a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol, but has received a favorable ruling that the amount falls within allowable levels for meat contamination in Mexico.

Alvarez's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, said it has notified Tom Loeffler, the promoter for Alvarez's May 5 opponent, Gennady Golovkin, and will immediately move training camp to the United States.

"I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me," Alvarez said in a statement released Monday by Golden Boy Promotions. "I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail."

Loeffler told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that he wants the Nevada Athletic Commission and the three sanctioning bodies to review the finding by the World Anti-Doping Agency lab before fully dismissing the positive result as a case of contaminated meat from Mexico.

"Gennady has always wanted a level playing field so no one would question his own punching power, and we're happy that testing is in place for this fight," Loeffler said.

The executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett, said it's "premature" at this point to make a definitive ruling on Alvarez's positive result.

"We have received the adverse analytical finding from Mr. Alvarez and per our standards will be conducting a full investigation," Bennett told the Los Angeles Times. Bennett is aware former super-featherweight champion Francisco Vargas was cleared to fight in California two years ago after submitting a positive test for clenbuterol that was later ruled to be an innocent mistake connected to his consumption of tainted meat in Mexico.

Clenbuterol is used by some farmers to increase the appetite of their cattle.

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Alvarez, a former two-division world champion from Mexico, and three-belt unbeaten middleweight champion Golovkin are scheduled to meet in their rematch May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Their first bout, in September, was a draw.

Alvarez has said he expects to train again in San Diego, but will consider some high-altitude sessions in Big Bear, Calif., where Golovkin is currently training.

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