Make no mistake: This is a real punishment for Canelo Alvarez

April 18, 2018Media Mention

After Canelo Alvarez failed two drug tests in February for the banned performance-enhancing substance clenbuterol and his mega HBO PPV rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas was canceled, many wondered what kind punishment the Nevada State Athletic Commission would dole out, if any.

When the positive drug tests first came to light, there were many who had not done their homework on the commission rules and figured Alvarez would skate with a slap on the wrist and the fight would go forward as planned. I was not one of them because it was obvious, after two minutes of reading the commission's rules regarding banned substances (which were overhauled in late 2016), that the panel would have no choice but to sit Alvarez down for at least six months.

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