Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez temporarily suspended over positive drug tests

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Former world champion and Sky Sports expert analyst, Johnny Nelson, believes Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) will be in a no-win situation - with his many critics - in the upcoming rematch with WBC, IBF, IBO, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs). If Alvarez, the highest-profile boxer ever to test positive for a performance-enhancing drug, can't convince the majority of the five-person panel that his positive tests were because of contaminated meat, he could be suspended for a time between six months and two years.

He is due to face Golovkin in Las Vegas on May 5, with the pair having fought to a controversial draw in their initial clash last September.

"Mr. Alvarez was fully cooperative with us in this investigation", said Bennett, who was an FBI agent prior to becoming the commission's executive director.

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Canelo had tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol in two separate drug tests that were issued in February.

With Alvarez suspended, the fighter will now have to appear in front of the commission on April 10 for a hearing to determine whether he will be cleared to compete in the rematch against GGG, currently scheduled for May 5, or if he will be suspended further.

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In a statement sent to Boxing Scene, Bennett indicates that Canelo - with respect to the April hearing - will have to address the issue (by phone) or personally attend.

"Again with Mexican meat?"

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told the Los Angeles Times that the Kazakh "is still training like he's going to fight on May 5 and hopefully it's against Canelo".

"I told you, it's not Mexican meat", Golovkin added. "Canelo has cooperated with them from (what) they've said, and they've subjected him to numerous tests since the failed tests". On the GGG side, whenever he can get Canelo in the rematch, he'll fight him. Canelo is cheating. They're using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it's not happening.

"I don't think I would have had the same amount of benefits he has had", Golovkin said. And I'm not knocking Canelo.

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