Gennady Golovkin blasts Canelo Alvarez: ‘He gets benefits from everyone’
Gennady Golovkin on Tuesday cast Canelo Alvarez as a known cheater and called the Nevada Athletic Commission “terrorists” in its ongoing probe into two drug tests they say Alvarez failed.
More than two weeks after the commission revealed Alvarez submitted two positive tests for the banned substance Clenbuterol, Alvarez has yet to make any public comments about the situation.
And the Nevada commission has yet to announce any disciplinary action against Alvarez, considered boxing’s biggest financial draw given the large sums generated from his pay-per-view fights. The first Alvarez-Golovkin fight last September drew the third-biggest gate in Nevada history.
Golovkin, who agreed to a May 5 rematch with Alvarez in Las Vegas, echoed the famed words of former heavyweight champion Joe Louis — “You can run, but you cannot hide” — in his blistering undressing of the Mexican star.
Alvarez “proves he gets benefits from everyone and he can get away with it — commentators, the commission, doping commission, president of boxing — this is a very bad business, not sport,” Golovkin told reporters on his second media day since the commission revealed the test results.
Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, put out a statement following the news that the level of Clenbuterol was consistent with contamination from eating tainted Mexican beef, and vowed to move his training camp to the U.S. The substance is banned for its effects on building cardiovascular stamina and endurance and was found at a time in camp when such activity is paramount.
Eric Gomez, the Golden Boy president, answered, “I guess GGG is preparing his excuse in case he was to lose. [Golovkin] doesn’t sound like a confident fighter. I guess he has a lot of insecurities. [Canelo] is a clean fighter. The facts and statistics back it up.
“GGG sounds like a guy trying to find a way out of the fight. If he wants out, he should just say so.”
Alvarez’s team messaged the Los Angeles Times on Monday that it does not plan to make him available to address the test results until fight week in early May.
Golovkin said he is outraged by the potential lost promotion of a lucrative bout he expects to still happen.
“You’re asking about meat? It’s nothing about meat,” Golovkin said. Golovkin elaborated that he’s still willing to fight Alvarez because, “I believe in my power and boxing skills. If he beat me the first fight, OK, I know maybe this is not smart … .”
Bennett, who is probing the positive samples that the commission said Alvarez provided on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 in Mexico, told The Times: “In regard to Mr. Alvarez being tested before his last fight, there were no adverse analytical findings concerning performance-enhancing drugs or any other illegal substances.”
Golovkin still is fuming over a 118-110 scorecard that went against him in his draw with Alvarez.
“The commission … they all put their heads down to avoid the eye contact,” Golovkin said. “I noticed it when I reviewed the fight again. These people are terrorists, they are killing the sport, not just me. The way it was portrayed … this is America, this is democracy.”
11:10 p.m.: This post was updated with a quote from Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett regarding test results from Canelo Alvarez’s last fight.
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