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Canelo Gets Six-Month Suspension for Failed Drug Tests


The Nevada Athletic Commission has voted unanimously to give Canelo Alvarez a six month suspension to failing two drug tests in February.

The hearing was completed this afternoon in a shortened format as Canelo and representatives from his promoter Golden Boy were not present. The fighter was represented via telephone by  his attorney.

Per its regulations, Canelo was a given a one-year suspension. But due to his cooperation in the process and being a first time offender, the commission elected to reduce the sentence to six months and not issue a fine. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the first failed test, paving the way for the Canelo to move forward with the Golovkin rematch in September.

Canelo failed two tests in February after trace amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol was found in his system. He has maintained the results came from tainted meat.


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