Canelo Alvarez’s camp blames suspect meat for positive clenbuterol test

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Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who is in training for his mega rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Golovkin and Alvarez are scheduled to meet on May 5 (HBO PPV) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of their hugely controversial draw last September. It is unclear whether the positive test will affect the rematch.

As part of the deal for the first fight, as well as for the rematch, both boxers agreed to be randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

Alvarez, who is training in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, provided urine samples on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, and both tests came back positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol, according to the letter VADA president Margaret Goodman sent to those involved on Monday, and obtained by ESPN.

Clenbuterol has shown up in drug tests for many Mexican athletes in recent years because of meat contamination in the country. Alvarez said meat contamination also caused his positive test.

“As part of the voluntary testing program

Article source: http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/22657370/canelo-alvarez-tests-positive-banned-drug-clenbuterol-ahead-gennady-golovkin-fight

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