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WBC: Canelo cannot be found guilty of doping!

Maurico Sulaiman writes a column outlining why Canelo Alvarez can at worst be only guilty of negligence.

Miguel Cotto Vs Canelo Alvarez Press Conference Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman continues to go to bat for Canelo Alvarez with regards to his recently failed drug tests.

In an article he just published for WBN, the sanctioning body leader talks about the issue of PEDs in boxing while beginning with a narration about how sports has signified honorable and clean competition for centuries.

“Then came MR. MONEY. Motivation to win turned from honor and glory to luxury, ambition and fortunes.”

The sanctioning body president soon segued into the topic of doping, saying how it became a complex industry with science and technology preying upon the weak-minded, deceiving naive athletes. He writes all of this before making the assertion that “doping in boxing appears to be rare” because boxers are of noble spirit...or some shit like that.

But after acknowledging that doping still exists in the sport — and saying it needs to be combated vigilantly — he props up his Clean Boxing Program by saying how much the health and safety of fighters is of paramount importance.

He then finally gets to Canelo, who he admits has twice tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol while also saying Canelo is the one who is ultimately responsible for that. But right after stating that Sulaiman would go on to list some facts and circumstances from other cases that would support Canelo’s claim on unwittingly ingesting tainted meat — all framed like a public defense for Canelo.

And after inferring that Canelo should be granted the presumption of innocence under the due process ideology, he ultimately concludes:

“Canelo, specifically and exclusively to this case, may be considered guilty of negligence and ignorance and was careless in his nutrition regime. However, with all the facts and information available to analyze this case, he cannot be found guilty of doping.”

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