GGG, trainer disappointed by Canelo's team

From ESPN - March 14, 2018

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Canelo Alvarez's positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol has cast a shadow over his highly anticipated rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and few were more disappointed with the turn of events than Golovkin and his trainer, Abel Sanchez.

"My first reaction was, really, are you serious? I know he's good boxer, you know. I believe he does not need medical or drugs like that," Golovkin said about Alvarez's positive test. "Right now, test positive -- it's terrible for the sport. I respect my sport. I love clean sport. For me this is not laboratory. It's natural stuff. If you do not believe in natural stuff, you use medicals. Now he tests positive. It's crazy."

Sanchez said his reaction was disappointment.

"GGG was disappointed more in his team than Canelo but Canelo also," Sanchez said. "It was disappointment because you are putting a big, anticipated event like this in jeopardy by being careless."

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) are due to meet in a rematch on May 5 (HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the same site as their highly controversial first encounter in September, when most thought Golovkin deserved the decision in the action-packed fight, but hewound up with a draw.

Alvarez's positive drug test is under investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the rematch remains on for now. He is the highest-profile boxer ever to test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Since Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol in random urine tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, he has relocated his training camp to San Diego -- where he has a home and usually does the bulk of his camp. Since the bad tests, he has had three negative tests conducted.

Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez told ESPN that Alvarez submitted to tests on March 3 and March 5 while still in Mexico and both came back negative. On March 9, Gomez said Alvarez was tested in San Diego and that result, which came back on Tuesday, was also negative."

"I am 100 percent confident that (the positive tests were) accidental and the fight will happen," Gomez said.

Alvarez blamed eating contaminated Mexican beef for the positive tests. He is undergoing more rigorous testing in light of the positive test than he would have been subject to under the usual VADA testing regimen.

Clenbuterol in Mexican beef has been an ongoing problem for athletes from that country. It has impacted the national soccer team and in terms of boxing, fighters such as Erik Morales (in 2012) and Francisco Vargas (in 2016) have had positive tests that they also blamed on contaminated meat. Clenbuterol is a performance-enhancing drug as it helps reduce fat and increase lean muscle mass -- the reason farmers in Mexico feed it to their cattle. The substance is prohibited from being used by farmers in the United States.

"He tests positive, that's it. Only two (results): Yes or no. Positive or not positive. That's it. First time (I heard) I think, 'Oh, really? Maybe fight's canceled. It's a problem."

Gennady Golovkin

Sanchez declined to say whether he believes Alvarez's excuse but placed the blame largely on Canelo's team -- trainer Eddy Reynoso and his father, Jose "Chepo" Reynoso, Alvarez's manager and assistant trainer.

"I am disappointed with the fact his people are meat cutters. His people are meat market owners, they are butchers," Sanchez said of the Reynosos. "I am disappointed that they would not talk to him about not ingesting meat in Mexico because it has been a problem. So just disappointment in that fact. Canelo should have been smarter than that too, but I blame more his people than him right now.

Abel Sanchez


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