Canelo & The WBC Rankings Debacle

Alvarez to be reinserted into rankings in June 

Saul “Canelo” Álvarez is currently suspended till August 17 but that won’t stop the WBC from publicly supporting him. Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol on two separate occasions back in February. After word of the fail tests got out, Alvarez and Golden Boy quickly blamed the debacle on contaminated meat in Mexico.

The president of the WBC Mauricio Sulayman has stood by Alvarez every step of the way. He has been very vocal about his feelings that Alvarez without a doubt in his mind, is a clean fighter.

Alvarez for his part gave a hair sample to be tested and it came back negative for the banned substance. Of course it was too late as the Nevada State Athletic Commission had already ruled on the matter.

Alvarez recently announced that he will be enrolling in year round VADA testing, this only came about after he first refused and received backlash from the public. Alvarez by rule was removed from the rankings by the WBC but will reinstated in June according Sulaiman. Sulaiman had this to say to on the matter;

“It is apparent he is a clean boxer, he is enrolled through VADA and they oversee the Clean Boxing Program. As our requirements are met now he will be put back on the classifications (rankings) in June.”

The WBC has shown more support to Alvarez than their middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin. As most know by now Golovkin was very vocal about Alvarez and his failed tests. He also loss a lot of money due to the mega bout with Alvarez being canceled, we were supposed to get a mega fight on Cinco De Mayo weekend instead we got a lopsided fight where Golovkin crushed his opponent, Vanes Martirosyan, in two rounds.

Alvarez has taken the proper steps regardless of the reasons why he has enrolled in year round testing. However, the WBC could just wait till he’s reinstated in August. Also, he did get suspended and did fail two test, why reinstate a fighter into the same ranking slot prior to the suspension. Lately this has looked more like a long vacation rather than a suspension.

By: Wilson Urena 

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