The Ring Magazine middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been in the news for the last month and a half, but for very undesirable reasons.
In early March, the 27-year-old Mexican boxing sensation tested positive for having low levels of Clenbuterol in a test that was conducted in February. This has resulted in the scrapping of his scheduled rematch against fellow middleweight great Gennady Golovkin, which was supposed to take place on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
This positive drug test alone has caused a lot of controversy on Canelo’s part, especially since he has upheld a reputation of a clean fighter his entire career. Now, this once squeaky-clean image has been tarnished, and many people in the boxing realm are not willing to give him a second chance.
“Any fighter testing positive for substances of this kind, in this case, Clenbuterol, should be banned for life,” said former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan (via BoxingNews24.com). “We are not talking cycling or athletics here. In boxing, augmented physical performance can be fatal. Someone could be killed by the enhanced power of an opponent.”
A few days ago, Canelo was once again involved in a bit of a controversy, this time concerning his health and well-being. Reports have circulated about Alvarez having gone under the knife, but according to a statement by Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez, the procedure was merely “cosmetic.”
“Yes, they operated on Canelo Alvarez, but it was cosmetic, there are no more details,” Gomez told ESPN Deportes (via The Sun).
As it turns out, Canelo’s injury was far worse than something that requires just a minor procedure. In a recent Instagram post he shared, Alvarez explained that he had to undergo knee surgery for a more complex ailment.
“I want to share with you that today that I had to undergo an arthroscopic surgery to repair the internal femoral cartilage and to eliminate a fold in my right knee,” Alvarez explained in Spanish. “I dismiss the erroneous information published by Golden Boy president Eric Gomez.”
“Thanks for worrying, and in three to four weeks I’ll be like new.”
It has not been determined when Alvarez will be ready to step back in the ring once again. He last fought in September against Gennady Golovkin, where he was fighting for the WBA, IBF, and lineal middleweight titles. The fight, however, ended in a controversial draw.