WBC Prez Praises Vanes: He is Worthy Opponent For Golovkin

The hearing panel voted to hand down a one-year ban, reduced to six months because Alvarez had cooperated with their investigation.

The Mexican middleweight, 27, said eating contaminated meat was the reason he tested positive for clenbuterol on 17 and 20 February.

The ban was passed unanimously at a hearing on Wednesday and will be lifted on August 17 - in time for a potential Gennady Golovkin rematch in September.

Golovkin will fight Vanes Martirosyan in a middleweight bout May 5.

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Golovkin though, still plans on defending his belts as a number of replacement opponents have been considered from the likes of Gary O'Sullivan and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, though none of the available options are particularly big names in boxing, resulting in the fight now taking place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, notably not on pay-per-view anymore. "And our guy is in the gym and ready to fight. He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him", Golovkin said in a press release.

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.

"Vanes hasn't been active, but he had been looking for a fight", Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo. The hotly-anticipated rematch, which had been scheduled for Cinco De Mayo, was canceled when Alvarez withdrew from the fight.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the brutish Mexican puncher who's been fighting professionally since 15 and Golovkin, the undefeated Kazakh who is considered by many to be the best active fighter in the sport, met in a much-publicized event at the T-mobile Arena - dubbed "Supremacy". A native of Abovyan, Armenia, who fights out of Glendale, Calif., Martirosyan's resume boasts NABF, NABO, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA International and WBC Silver championship victories against the likes of former world champions Ishe Smith and Kassim Ouma, as well as a draw against Erislandy Lara.

  • Delia Davidson