Alvarez blames tainted meat for 'embarrassing' failed drug test

Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat.

Alvarez lobs 'contaminated meat' defence over positive drug test

Alvarez lobs 'contaminated meat' defence over positive drug test

Alvarez tested positive for trace levels of the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol, according to his promoters Golden Boy Promotions.

But after attending a voluntary drugs test before his rematch with multiple world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, the results were attributed to meat contamination.

"As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years," read a statement from Golden Boy Promotions.

"As Daniel Eichner, director of SMRTL, the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter (on Monday): 'These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination'.

Canelo Alvarez (R) will fight Golovkin again in May. Pic: Getty

"Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler."

Golden Boy promotions said Alvarez will immediately move his training camp from Mexico to the US and will submit to any number and variety of additional tests.

The promoters added Alvarez has tested clean dozens of times over the course of his previous 12 fights.

Alvarez said: "I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me.

"I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail."

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