Who out there has a feeling that as we get closer to April 10, the lawyers will be getting busier?
So the Nevada commission is calling Canelo Alvarez to the carpet, sort of, and holding a hearing less than a month the before Mexican middleweight is supposed to fight his mega money rematch against Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile in Vegas. The aim of the gathering will be to get more clarity on why exactly Alvarez tested positive twice, a few days apart, for the weight loss agent clenbuterol.
Now, the boxer isn’t being compelled to appear at the tribunal, which to me is weird, because who better to answer hard questions than, you know, the person who is being examined? Instead, do we get a lawyer hired by the Golden Boy boxer to answer questions on his behalf? Or, as is occuring in DC, with Team Trump in contact with Team Mueller, the special prosecutor tasked with investigating and determining what sort of skullduggery occured in the lead-up to the 2016 election to be the leader of the free world, will the Canelo crew broker his possible attendance, on the condition that parameters of questioning are pre-set?
Anyway, along those lines, I reached out to An Attorney Friend of Mine With Extensive Involvement of the Boxing Game, and asked him to weigh in on this hearing, the stakes of the matter, and the whole surprising development.
“First, there is no way that ‘tainted meat’ should have been eaten by Canelo,” Attorney X said. “If you are aware that Mexican farmers use clenbuterol to ‘enhance’ their meat, why would his camp use it? Second, the ‘tainted meat’ excuse is the lame retort of scores of athletes in response to negative WADA testing.
“Time to call bullshit. When two tests come back negative within four days, there is no real excuse here. Third, and most important, this is boxing, not baseball, where someone is cheating to get some more distance on a ball. In boxing it is to become a more dangerous combatant in what we already know can be a life and death event.
“That said, all commissions should treat these situations with the utmost gravity and always err on the side of fighter safety. How the suspension will be dealt with by the Nevada Commission will be a benchmark for future situations, so the fight could be in major jeopardy of being cancelled or postponed.”
There ya go…
Our guy is thinking that the commission might actually crack down and play hardball, and elongate Canelo’s suspension, which is kind of a half-ass suspension as of now, because he’s not being forbidden to train.
If I hazard a guess, I say that Team Canelo sticks to the story, which they have declared isn’t fiction, that tainted meat made him pop positive. Will they offer expert testimony that shows the levels found and how that corresponds with a tainted meat positive?
Hey, I’m no chemist…were levels on the higher of the two tests indeed consistent with tainting? That’s for more scientific minds than me to determine. (And by the way, I emailed an interview request for the WADA affiliated person who was quoted by Team Canelo and asserted the levels were consistent with tainted steak ingestion, but have not yet heard back.)
What say you, commenters?