Canelo Álvarez banned for 6 months following failed drug test

Canelo Alvarez will be eligible to fight Aug. 17, six months from the date of his first positive test, which means he'll be able to schedule a September date for a GGG rematch.

Kahron Spearman

The Nevada State Athletic Commission and Canelo Alvarez arrived to an adjudication agreement, which was adopted unanimously (5-0) by the commission.


Alvarez received a one-year suspension, which was extended to six months dating back to the first positive test on March 5, for cooperating with the commission.

Alvarez maintains that the finding of clenbuterol in his blood was the result of tainted Mexican meat.


Due to the ruling, Alvarez will be eligible to fight again on August 17, which means a blockbuster September rematch with Gennady Golovkin can be scheduled, barring any additional complications.


Though Golovkin holds the belts but isn't necessarily the lineal champion because Canelo fought and beat Miguel Cotto who was then considered the "man who beat the man" champion. 

As we have maintained all along, the trace amounts of clenbuterol found in Canelo's system in February came from meat contamination, and we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a great deal of evidence to support those facts. "Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not. Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today. "Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport's biggest event of the year. He is ready to continue his remarkable record of fighting at the highest level.

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As for now Golovkin, in the meantime, will fight Vanes Martirosyan on HBO (May 5, 11 p.m. ET/PT) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.


"Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career," Golovkin said, per ESPN. "He has my respect, and I am training hard to defend my titles against him. I am happy to be back on HBO and fighting at StubHub Center because they have great boxing fans. I will give my fans another big drama show."