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Nevada: Intentional or not, Canelo committed anti-doping violation

Nevada doesn’t seem likely to accept the “tainted meat” excuse.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez - News Conference Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Another day, another log on the fire that says Canelo Alvarez probably isn’t going to be facing Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas, live on HBO pay-per-view.

Dan Rafael of ESPN quoted this part of the Nevada complaint:

“Alvarez’s utilization, ingestion and/or consumption of Clenbuterol, whether intentional or not, constitutes an anti-doping violation.”

That’s bad news for Canelo. It suggests Nevada isn’t going in for the “tainted meat” story, and that that excuse is no longer good enough.

It’s not the end of the story — that will come on April 18, when the commission holds its hearing and decides whether or not the fight will go on. (It was set for April 10, but has been pushed back.) But this is another brick in the wall.

At this point, it seems we’ve crossed the line to where it feels likely that Nevada is going to keep Alvarez suspended, and cancel this fight, leading to a situation where Golovkin needs a replacement opponent, as he intends to keep the fight date.

The bigger story of all of this is really how commissions are going to deal with anti-doping going forward. If Canelo Alvarez, the biggest draw in U.S. boxing, is made an example of by Nevada, you can expect states like California and New York to follow that example going forward. It would put out there in the boxing world that no fighter or fight is too big to fail.

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