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Canelo Alvarez tests positive for traces of clenbuterol

The relevant figures have accepted Alvarez’s explanation of consuming tainted meat

Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin Press Conference - Los Angeles Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

You cannot escape the beefy taint of tainted beef.

Two months prior to his blockbuster rematch with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for clenbuterol, a supplement that can assist in cutting weight.

For the TL;DR folks among you, the amount was minimal enough that the failure was chalked up to contaminated meat, and Canelo will move his training camp from Mexico to America. In addition, he will undergo additional testing at VADA’s discretion.

USADA claims on its website that there is, in fact, a danger of contamination when consuming meat outside the U.S. and Europe. Fighters and other athletes have claimed the “tainted meat” defense with varying success over the years.

In any event, the fight is still go, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

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