Canelo Alvarez Withdraws From Rematch With Gennady Golovkin, Still Blames Tainted Meat

12 days after he labeled Gennady Golovkin a “b****” and threatened to kick his “f***ing ass,” Canelo Alvarez withdrew from their scheduled May 5 rematch Tuesday. Eric Gomez of Golden Day Promotions announced the cancellation in a press conference:

Eric Gomez, president of #goldenboypromotions announces the cancellation of the May 5 fight #boxeo #boxing #ggg #golovkin #losangeles #saulalvarez pic.twitter.com/IalDFJnKv8

— Eduard Cauich (@ecauich) April 3, 2018

Of course. You already know the deal with Canelo. He tested positive for a PED called Clenbuterol twice in February, and says contaminated meat from Mexico is to blame. It sounds like he’s still sticking to that story and maintains he’s a “clean fighter” (from ESPN’s Dan Rafael):

“I want to clarify the situation. I have always done tests with VADA before my fights. They are voluntary,” he said. “I have always agreed to them before my fights and they have always come back negative. I am a clean fighter. On this occasion the results showed small traces of clenbuterol. How did this happen, I don’t know. Unfortunately, there is a public problem in my country of Mexico. Football, cycling, soccer, boxing — people have tested positive for clenbuterol. This can be transmitted through meat in Mexico. Contaminated meat is what caused this. That is my statement. This has happened in all sports.”

The report notes a rematch between the two is still possible down the line (possibly September depending on Canelo’s suspension), while GGG will fight a different opponent on May 5.