Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez handed six-month ban for failing drug tests

Gennady Golovkin to fight Vanes Martirosyan on 5 May in Los Angeles

Still considered the division's lineal champion thanks to his victory over Miguel Cotto in 2015, Alvarez's suspension is retroactive to the first positive test, which makes August 17 the date he is eligible to return, leaving the possibility of an Alvarez-Golovkin rematch open for Mexican Independence Day weekend in September.

Alvarez, 27, who has blamed the test on tainted meat, reached an adjudication agreement before the hearing, which was adopted unanimously by the five-man commission panel. "Although most professional sports, worldwide anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not".

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.

Golovkin will now face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

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Golovkin had originally been scheduled to defend his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight titles on May 5 in a rematch against Saul "Canelo "Alvarez, in the biggest and most-anticipated event on the 2018 boxing calendar".

So, now that the all-star bout isn't happening next month, the L.A. Times is reporting that Golovkin will battle Vanes Martirosyan, on May 5th.

Should Triple G beat Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), the rematch with Alvarez likely will take place later in the year. "He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him", said Golovkin. We all would rather be getting ready for the fight with Canelo, but there is nothing we could do about that. "I will always be a clean fighter".

Martirosyan has lost three of his last six fights, including to Erislandy Lara for the WBA/IBO super welterweight crown in May of 2016.

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