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Canelo Alvarez has signed up for drug-screening under VADA

Canelo Alvarez announced on Twitter yesterday that he has enrolled in the volunteer drug testing program under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association-VADA


 

Alvarez was removed earlier this week from the WBC's official rankings for failure to join the program.

Alvarez failed two drug tests back in February for the PED clenbuterol in VADA tests which caused the big rematch with Gennady Golovkin to be canceled.  That fight was scheduled for the big Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Golovkin went on to face former junior middleweight title contender Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 at the StubHub Center and destroyed him via second-round knockout.

Alvarez has received a ton of criticism for not joining the program sooner.

"I want to let you know that I just signed the contract with VADA for year-round testing," Alvarez wrote on Twitter.

Alvarez and this promotion company, Golden Boy, have been adamant that the two failed tests were caused by contaminated meat that Canelo consumed in Mexico.

GGG decided he still wanted to compete on the Cinco De Mayo holiday rather than wait for Alvarez in an effort to please his fanbase, which is surprisingly very pro-GGG, and many of his Mexican supporters have embraced his "Mexican-Style" of fighting.
 

Golovkin missed out on a possible payday of up to 20 million dollars and instead pocketed one million for his fight against Martirosyan.

GGG and his promoter, Tom Loeffler, are still hopeful a rematch between the two most popular middleweights can be revived, possibly on another Mexican holiday, Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 15.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in Sept. 2017, a fight many viewed as a victory for Golovkin.

While there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome, especially with Golovkin now demanding a better purse, to make the rematch possible, Alvarez joining the VADA program is one hurdle that has been cleared.

 

 

Alex Solano