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Golovkin reacts furiously to Alvarez’s failed drug tests logo 08/03/2018 Patrick Lynch
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Gennady Golovkin has broken his silence on Canelo Alvarez’s failed drug tests, putting their highly anticipated clash at risk of being called off.

The Mexican failed two drug tests carried out by the World Anti-Doping Agency in the space of three days at the start of February, meaning that their rematch may not go ahead.

As well as the possibility of the May 5th fight night being called off, Alvarez may be subjected to a lengthy ban from the sport outright, having fallen foul of doping regulations.

Traces of clenbuterol were found in his blood, a banned substance which allows fighters to cut fat and build muscle quickly when preparing for a fight.

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Alvarez is mounting a defence, of the belief that the substance got into his system by way of contaminated meat, however, Golovkin is distraught at the fact that their highly anticipated bout has been thrown into jeopardy.

He said ‘If it’s positive that it’s a performance-enhancing drug for him, that’s just outrageous. There are obligations he and his team need to follow, there should be some penalties.

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‘It’s his obligation now to prove that he’s a clean athlete. It wasn’t pleasant to learn of this…They should have known.’

Athletes have been let off the hook in similar cases on the basis of eating contaminated meat and it is not out of the question that this was in fact that case for Alvarez.

Much of his training has taken place in his home country and Mexico is known to feed clenbuterol to animals as it helps to improve the quality of meat.

The Nevada Athletic Commission are continuing to look into the matter and as of yet no ban has been handed to the 27-year-old, with the fight still due to take place.

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