The much anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vega has ficially been cancelled. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett filed a formal complaint against Alvarez last week for doping violations, which all but guaranteed the match would be cancelled.
At a press conference today, Canelo and his attorney spoke with the media at Golden Boy fices in Los Angeles and confirmed that he’d be withdrawing from the middleweight championship fight. Alvarez had tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in two urine samples on February 17 and February 20, but he blamed contaminated Mexican meat for the traces clenbuterol.
GGG recently spoke with reporters at his training camp in Big Bear Lake, California and accused Alvarez knowingly cheating.
The first match between Alvarez and GGG last September ended in a draw after one judge scored it 118-110 for Canelo, a second judge had it 115-113 for Golovkin and the third had it even. It’s unclear who GGG will fight on May 5 now that Alvarez is out.