‘Tainted meat’ is becoming the new, ‘The dog ate my homework’. Canelo Alvarez has failed a random pre-fight drug test and has blamed it on tainted meat. Canelo is scheduled to face Gennady Golvkin in Las Vegas on May 5th, but now this has come up. However, the good news is that the testing has nothing to do with USADA. Another positive thing to look at is that the Nevada commission and the city of Las Vegas love money.
Dan Rafael first reported the news for ESPN.
“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,” Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez’s promoter, said in a statement addressing the positive test. “As Daniel Eichner, director of [the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory], the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter [Monday], ‘These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.’ Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.”
It sounds like it actually was, in fact, a tainted meat. Even the UFC tells fighters to be very careful when they go to Mexico because this kind of thing happens all of the time. This, along with the bazillions of dollars that will be made in Las Vegas, almost ensures that GGG will take on Canelo on May 5th.