Golovkin says boxing must hold Alvarez accountable for failed drug test

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Boxing

"They know what (clenbuterol) is. It's not something new. There's lots of precedents."

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman told the Times on Wednesday that he's hopeful "a resolution will be recognized in a couple days. The time is sensitive. It would be my opinion it could easily take place with certain agreements of (increased) testing and assurances (from Alvarez)."

Sulaiman recently reconciled with Alvarez after the fighter wouldn't accept a WBC belt in his past two bouts after declining to keep his vow to fight Golovkin in 2016.

"Clenbuterol has been highly problematic in Mexico, especially for national soccer teams in 2011, with 109 players contaminated and positive," Sulaiman said. "Given that, Canelo has also been tested clean in many, many fights. Taking all of these facts, I believe it is another case of contamination from food."

Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer, said the push to resolve the matter quickly shouldn't shorten the intensity of the probe, urging Margaret Goodman, head of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, to declare what the clenbuterol levels mean.

"I want a thorough investigation, and if she deems it too high and there should be no fight, then we'll go along with that," Sanchez said. "But if she says it's in line with meat contamination, we'll abide by it.

"But you have to be ignorant and live under a rock to not know that hasn't been a problem in Mexico before. And his coach and managers (Chepo and Eddy Reynoso) are butchers, they own meat markets."

--Sponsored Video--

Golovkin said he has been tested four times in the past two weeks and has been subjected to steady drug testing for 20 years since his amateur days, with that scrutiny increasing since winning a belt eight years ago.

"I'm a fighter. Let's keep it simple: There's a drug test. It's either yes or no. The rest doesn't matter. That's why the commission exists. That's why there are regulations," Golovkin said.

"If you say it's OK, it's legal, that's bad for the sport ... I won't even say it's boxing. Do we say it's now like Cyborgs, Transformers?"

(c)2018 Los Angeles Times

Visit the Los Angeles Times at

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.



blog comments powered by Disqus