Gennady Golovkin will fight Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 following Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's withdrawal earlier this month in the wake of two positive tests for the banned substance clenbuterol.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued Canelo with a suspension pending an investigation into the adverse findings and later today the Mexican will find out the extent of his punishment during a hearing with NSAC officials.
With Alvarez's May 5 rematch with Gennady Golovkin cancelled, there is no forthcoming purse. The standard recommended suspension of one year was lessened because of Alvarez's cooperation with authorities.
Canelo Alvarez (R) punches Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during their catchweight bout at T-Mobile Arena on May 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Alvarez admits that the presence of clenbuterol in his urinalyses samples constitutes a violation of the commission's anti-doping regulations, regardless of whether or not he intentionally, knowingly, or negligently ingested the prohibited substance".
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"I hope he's learned a lesson, that he is responsible with what he puts in his body", commission Chairman Anthony Marnell said.
"I hope so, that in September they will face each other again, but we have to wait for the decision to be made by Nevada, which will decide many things for the future of both fighters [with their ruling]", Sulaiman said. "If he follows the agreement as it's laid out then he would be able to come back and fight like any other fighter".
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) fought to a controversial draw last September, with judge Adalaide Byrd coming under criticism for her scorecard, scoring the fight that most thought GGG won for Alvarez by a 118-110 score. But with Alvarez suspended because of the positive test and so little time between the hearing and the fight promoters made a decision to cancel the bout.
"Although most professional sports, global anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not". Alvarez visited Las Vegas recently to meet with Bennett and answer questions.
It added that "Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport's biggest event of the year".