Canelo Officially Withdraws From Rematch Against GGG


Canelo Alvarez has officially withdrawn his name from his rematch title fight on Cinco De Mayo against Gennady Golovkin.

Alvarez and Golovkin were scheduled to meet on May 5 on HBO PPV at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch. It was highly anticipated after the first match ended with a controversial draw that most thought Golovkin won in September. However, Alvarez tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in two random urine tests. The tests were conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20.

Following the failed drug tests, the Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended Alvarez. After the suspension was made public last Thursday, there was already a lot of doubt the fight would take place. Alvarez withdrawing takes the long process of waiting to see what will come of the fight away. The suspension was said to be nearing an extension, meaning Alvarez may not have been able to fight anyway.

“We’re going to have to cancel the May 5 rematch,” Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez said at the beginning of a news conference at the company’s offices in downtown Los Angeles. “As you all know there is a hearing on April 18 and it’s extremely unlikely this will get properly resolved by then and we need enough time to promote this fight.”

Alvarez defended himself at the press conference, saying that he is a clean fighter and expressed his regret. Additionally, he doesn’t want people to get the wrong idea about him and about why he withdrew his name. As for a rematch with GGG, he says it will happen as soon as his name is cleared.

As for Golovkin, he has said that he still plans on fighting on May 5. “I am looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for my 20th title defense and headlining my first Cinco de Mayo event on May 5,” Golovkin said in a statement provided to ESPN. “It is time for less drama and more fighting.”

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