Canelo Alvarez hit with 6-month suspension, report says

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Golovkin will face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th at the StubHub Centre, California following Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's pull out due to matters surrounding two failed tests for clenbuterol.

Golovkin called him a liar and implied he had always been a doper and accused him even further, stating he was doping during their first bout as well.

Should Triple G beat Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), the rematch with Alvarez likely will take place later in the year. The Nevada Athletic Commission has now officially suspended the Mexican fighter.

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Although the commission was never able to prove Alvarez ingested the drug knowingly, it cited its own bylaws that Alvarez's positive sample alone was a violation of anti-doping regulations.

"Gennady is a proud champion of the IBF and, as a unified world champion, he looks forward to remaining champion for a long time and defending his middleweight titles many more times", Loeffler said.

Golovkin had been due to fight Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 5, a re-run of their dramatic draw in September.

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Upon his return to boxing, Alvarez has agreed to provide negative drug tests before his next fight in Las Vegas.

"Whether it makes the fight bigger, I would say so", Loeffler said. "Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions respect the rules of Nevada and are therefore satisfied with the settlement agreement reached today", Golden Boy Promotions said in a statement issued after the meeting. "Alvarez denies intentionally taking clenbuterol or any other substances prohibited by the commission". He added that "by allowing Clenbuterol to enter his system, Alvarez engaged in conduct that reflected discredit to unarmed combat and he is guilty of foul or unsportsmanlike conduct that was detrimental to a contest".

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