“I Can Do a Follicle Test “- Canelo Alvarez Rubbishes All the Accusations of Drug-Cheating

Published 10/05/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez waves to the fans during weigh ins for his super middleweight boxing title fight against Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez is still suffering the after-effects of having tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, in 2018. The P4P king has been accused of drug abuse by several boxers since then. The latest accusations have been put by Jake Paul and IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant.

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In a heated face-off for the upcoming 168 lbs unification, Plant and Alvarez have thrown several verbal slurs at each other. Meanwhile, ‘Sweethands’ Plant dropped a bombarding attack by bringing in Plant’s failed drug test. Although Canelo Alvarez didn’t give it much importance back then, he has justified his physical conditioning in an interaction with LA Times. Ahead of his November 6 bout, Canelo Alvarez has even agreed to do a special medical test.

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The Mexican star said, “I can get tested right now. I can do follicle tests, which are tests that trace back six months and you get everything, and all drugs and not only those that help performance. But from marijuana, cocaine, whatever,”

“I can do a follicle test that you get six months of what you have consumed. I bet all my fortune to anyone that I will not get any.” (H/T:- Marca)

Canelo Alvarez is currently the WBC, WBA, WBO, and Ring super middleweight champion. In just over a month, he will defend all four belts and hope to claim Caleb Plant’s IBF title. The winner of the fight will be the first-ever four-belt super middleweight (168 lbs) unified champion. Thus, it’s a massive legacy that will come along for the winner on November 6 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

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Alvarez vs Plant might be a mismatch for several people, but it is the best possible bout on paper and is a champion vs champion contest. Unbeaten as a professional, ‘Sweethands’ has been aiming at a blockbuster matchup for a long time. Thus, Canelo Alvarez is the perfect opponent. Meanwhile, the Mexican star is also short of just one belt, which is currently under Plant’s name.

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Hence, both men provide each other with just what they are looking for.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant during a face-off before a press conference ahead of their super middleweight fight on November 6 at The Beverly Hilton on September 21, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Alvarez has been supremely active since returning from a one-year-lay off in December 2020. He has fought three times already, beating three different 168 pounders. After wins over Smith, Yildirim, and Saunders, Alvarez isn’t intimidated by Plant’s status. Instead, he seems confident about winning, as he should be.

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Could Plant unnerve him by daring him to do the follicle test?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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