Alvarez withdraws from Golovkin rematch

Alvarez withdraws from Golovkin rematch

Canelo Alvarez has confirmed his re-match with Gennady Golovkin is off.

Canelo Alvarez has withdrawn from his rematch with GGG. "I have always been a clean fighter", Alvarez said in a prepared statement to reporters at his promoter's office in Los Angeles.

Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico and WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan pose during a news conference at MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., September 13, 2017.

Golovkin - who accused Alvarez of deliberately taking performance-enhancing drugs but was nevertheless ready to fight - said in a statement he planned to press ahead with a bout on May 5 against an as-yet unknown opponent.

The USA Today's boxing insider Mike Coppinger also tweeted out earlier today that the fight is now off. I respect this sport.

Alvarez, 27, has claimed contaminated meat was the cause for two tests in February showing traces of Clenbuterol in his system. "I don't want anyone to have doubts about my integrity".

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Gomez did say that the rematch could well happen in August or September, but that would all depend on whether the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspend Canelo.

"I will do whatever I need to do", he said, "to demonstrate I have never taken this substance (intentionally)".

Alvarez is to appear before the commission April 18 concerning the positive tests.

Daniel Eichner, director at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory that conducted the tests, said at the time: "These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination".

Golovkin plans to fight on May 5 regardless with reports in the USA claiming Ireland's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan set to step in for a clash at the Mandalay Bay.