Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez banned for six months

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Mexican boxing sensation Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez received a backdated six-month ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for testing positive for a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) on Wednesday.

The multi-division champion who holds a record of 49 wins 1 draw and 2 losses  (49-1-2) failed two drug tests but claims that the banned substance, clenbuterol, got into his system through contaminated meat.

A director at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Daniel Eichner, revealed that Canelo’s defence is plausible with the levels of clenbuterol in his system when tested. According to Eichner:””These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”

Canelo, 27, withdrew from his scheduled rematch with Kazakhstan powerhouse Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) due to the failed tests, losing millions of dollars along the way.

The Mexican would be eligible to compete in the squared ring in August due to the retroactive suspension.

Clenbuterol is a substance used for treating asthma but often employed by fighters for doping purposes. Mexico is notorious for its issues with contaminated meat, as reported by Bloody Elbow.

UFC fighters Brandon Moreno,  Li Jingliang case and  Ning Guangyou were cleared of any wrongdoing by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) when tested positive for clenbuterol and sufficiently proved their innocence.


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