The eagerly anticipated rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has been officially cancelled today.
The decision comes after Alvarez had tested positive in February for the banned substance clenbuterol and withdrew from the fight.
Golden Boy Promotions president acknowledged it was unlikely that Canelo would have been cleared for the May 5th date.
“I am truly shocked by what has happened and I’ll admit this has led to suspect about my athletic ability,” Alvarez said in a prepared statement. “I have always been a clean fighter and I always will be a clean fighter.
“I want to apologize for all of the inconvenience that this has caused HBO, MGM, Tecate, all my other sponsors, the media and to everyone involved in the promotion of this event and especially to the fans whom I want to say I have not let you down. I respect the sport and I have always been a clean fighter.
“I have always done tests before my fights with VADA, these tests are voluntary and despite their being voluntary I have always agreed to do them and they always came back negative. I am a clean fighter. [The tests] showed small traces of clenbuterol.
“How can this happen if I didn’t intentionally take clenbuterol? Unfortunately, there is a public problem in my country of Mexico. Over the years many athletes of many sports, including cycling, soccer, football and boxing have tested positive. Contaminated meat is what caused this test (result).”
With Canelo withdrawing it looks likely that Gennady Golovkin will now take on Irishman Gary O’Sullivan.