Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) has today officially withdrawn from his Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) rematch with WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.
“I’m surprised what happened and I regret this. I want I apologize to everyone,” said Canelo. “This really hurts me. This is difficult to go through. I feel really frustrated but I am calm and relaxed. I’ve always been a clean fighter and will continue to be a clean fighter.”
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya added, “I can assure Canelo has always displayed the utmost respect for the sport.”
The NSAC suspended Alvarez after twice testing positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol last month.
“I have always tested voluntarily because I’m a clean fighter,”
“I have informed the Nevada commission to do all the testing to clarify this situation,”
“I’m positive I’m a clean fighter, I respect what I do but this isn’t the exception,”
“This has been the case in Mexico with contaminated meat as it has been the case for many athletes,”
“I respect the Nevada commission rules, sanctions, and regulations,”
“With this experience. I will take more precautions,”
“I really don’t care what Golovkin and his team have to say, Unfortunately, the rematch will have to wait,”
“We want to settle the score with Golovkin. Without a doubt that is the fight,”