Canelo-GGG Rematch is Now Unlikely to Happen


The scheduled rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on Cinco De Mayo, is now unlikely to happen after NSAC files a drug complaint against Canelo Alvarez.

The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is who formally filed the complaint against Alvarez. The complaint was filed by him on Tuesday but was not made known to the public until Thursday. The complaint aimed at drug violations, will now make his rematch against GGG very unlikely to happen.

The formal complaint follows two failed drug tests from Alvarez since his last match with GGG. Alvarez twice tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in random urine tests. The test being conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20.

The commission gave Alvarez a suspension last week, while making him attend a hearing on April 10. At this hearing, Alvarez and his legal team will be allowed to explain the failed tests to the five-member commission. This commission will then vote on whether the fight can happen or whether Alvarez’s suspension will be extended.

However, due to the formal complaint, the hearing was pushed back to fit into the NSAC’s schedule. Therefore, the hearing is now part of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on April 18. That means there is just two weeks before the fight date in between, making it almost impossible for the fight to happen on May 5.

GGG may now need to look for a replacement for Canelo so that he can fight on May 5. ESPN’s Dan Rafeal suggests contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs), 33, of Ireland, who probably was going to fight on May 4 on Golden Boy’s ESPN card in Las Vegas.

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