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Canelo Alvarez links up with VADA for year-round testing

No word yet as to whether he’ll be reinstated in the WBC rankings

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.

Perhaps cognizant of the horrific optics involved in opting out of the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, Canelo Alvarez has hooked up with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) for year-round testing.

Though Alvarez’s (49-1-2, 34 KO) excuse of tainted meat satisfied NSAC, he and his team have done a bang-up job of pissing away any lingering goodwill. That said, it looks as though a September rematch with Golovkin remains Priority #1, so Canelo will still get loadsamoney if he can pass all his tests.

Whether or not Canelo actually doped, he’s become something of a microcosm of boxing’s myriad issues. The favoritism he’s experienced from the WBC has been nothing short of cringeworthy, and despite sinking the Cinco de Mayo blockbuster, he still gets a big-money shot at Golovkin ahead of Sergiy Derevyanchenko and other worthy contenders.

We’ve got four more months of this nonsense ahead of us. Hold on to your butts.

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