Canelo, De La Hoya 'are dope cheats'

Gennady Golovkin plans to go ahead with his rematch against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on May 5, even after Alvarez failed a doping test last month.

GENNADY Golovkin plans to go ahead with his rematch against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 5, even after Alvarez failed a doping test last month.

But Golovkin also believes Alvarez is a cheater whose attempt to blame the test on bad meat is a joke and a symptom of more extensive corruption in boxing.

“Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said in Big Bear Lake, California, on Tuesday, referencing Alvarez’s attribution of his failed test to his consumption of tainted meat in his native country.

“I told you, it’s not Mexican meat,” Golovkin added. “This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. ... Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.”

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) spoke pointedly about Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) before a workout at his high-altitude training camp. For the first time, the unbeaten Kazakh middleweight champion repeatedly said he believes Alvarez has used banned substances for previous fights, including their first bout last September.

“It was pretty obvious when (Alvarez’s) muscles were all (enlarged) ... and with the traces of injections, which were visible,” Golovkin said through a translator. “I can talk about Oscar De La Hoya, too. He is also not clean. He’s dirty.”

De La Hoya is Alvarez’s longtime promoter and a former six-division champion. He retired from boxing in 2008.

Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol in mid-February in the fighters’ voluntary anti-doping program, and the results were revealed two weeks ago.

Eric Gomez, the president of De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, responded sharply to Golovkin’s comments.

“He doesn’t sound like a confident fighter,” Gomez said in an email. “GGG is trying to find a way out. If he doesn’t want the fight, he should just say so. Just last week he said the exact opposite.

“As for Canelo, he is focused on his training,” Gomez added. “He didn’t need any more motivation, but now he has it.”

The Nevada Athletic Commission still hasn’t announced whether it will level any disciplinary action against Alvarez, or even when it might hold a public hearing about its decision. The fight is just over six weeks away in Las Vegas.

Golovkin expects to be in the ring on Cinco de Mayo until he hears otherwise from Nevada or Alvarez, who has scarcely commented on the positive test since Golden Boy issued a statement blaming the mistake on meat contamination that is common in some parts of Mexico. Canelo also moved his camp to the US, but is training behind closed doors.

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