“What Happened Was Not Steroids” – Canelo Alvarez Opens Up on His Failed Drug Test

Published 04/30/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority-decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez is one of the most cosmic boxers in the dynamic super-middleweight roster. In his vast career, he has transitioned to multiple weight classes and left all of them as a champion. Alvarez already has a decorated resume, but he has one major fleck in his career in the form of a failed drug test in 2018.

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Recently, in a chat with Graham Bensinger, the pound-for-pound king of boxing shed some light on the same.

He said, “I didn’t have to prove that to anyone. These aren’t steroids. What happened was not steroids. They’re not cataloged as steroids. After what happened to me, they made it legal, a certain legal percentage. Because a lot exists. I think that most people, most media, whether you explain it to them or not, they’re not going to understand you ever.” 

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In 2018, ahead of his rematch against Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol. Consequently, he was hit with a 6-month suspension and faced mammoth criticism for the same.

However, the Mexican boxer has moved on from the same to shape his legacy and career for many more years to come. In fact, after the ban, he passed all the drug tests to make himself viable for a rematch against ‘GGG’.

Can Canelo Alvarez attach the legendary status to his name?

With a win over ‘GGG’ in the rematch, the 30-year-old didn’t look back. Furthermore, he only improved with time to add constant wins to his name. Given his impressive form, he reached the pinnacle of the sport in no time.

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Saul Alvarez will now step inside the boxing ring on May 8 to fight Billy Joe Saunders. He has his eyes keenly set on claiming all the super-middleweight titles on the line, and for that, he won’t budge an inch.

With that, it’s pretty much clear that Canelo is on his pathway to being an absolute legend of the game. The unified super middleweight champion’s fans will be intrigued to see him give it his absolute best shot in just over a week.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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