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Canelo Saga: Test Results Show No Intention, Tainted Meat Legit?

Mexican Superstar's 29th March Hair And Follicle Test ... Negative!!

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By Aaron Cooper

May 5th, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

This SHOULD be one of the biggest nights on the boxing calendar this year. However, as well all know the rematch for middleweight supremacy will not take place. Social media has been awash with memes and diatribe from fans of both Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez AND Gennady Golovkin. As I said in an earlier article it is very easy to point fingers, and it is fair to say that the vast majority of abuse has been hurled in the direction of the Mexican superstar. 

But Mr. Cooper, he failed a drugs test. He got suspended by the NSAC. It's his fault, right? 

Whilst on the face of things it looked to be that way, circumstantial evidence now suggest's that the tainted meat story may have been true all along. 

For you see at the request of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Canelo was asked to provide a hair follicle sample for testing. This test came back negative for the banned performance enhancer, Clenbuterol. The very substance that he tested positive for in February. This has gone some way to vindicate Canelo, and that in actual practice his contaminated beef story now has credence.

Now if you are reading this and are still skeptical, I understand. It is not my business nor motive to try and insult your intelligence. Don't forget I need you all more than you need me!

So let's break this down a bit further. Clenbuterol can only be detected in urine for a week after it is ingested. But what gives this argument weight is that in hair follicles it can be detected for up to six months. This makes the 'contaminated meat' excuse credible. As when he was tested by VADA on February the 17th & 20th he only tested positive for trace amounts. The theory is that he did indeed eat a small amount of contaminated produce, as if he had used the substance as part of a longer-term doping program his test on March 29th SHOULD have also tested positive. 

According to Dopeology.org, which extensively covers doping in professional cycling, "Clenbuterol, like many other substances, accumulates in very small amounts in hair follicles. If an athlete has taken the substance over a period of time in the past, his/her hair test might return a positive for a period of six months or longer. Conversely, if the clenbuterol resulted from a single incident, in which the subject had eaten meat, for example, a hair test would almost certainly be negative."

Canelo and Oscar De La Hoya have long professed innocence to the situation, and now in the eyes of many, including myself. This goes some way to banishing any belief Canelo was indeed doping. 

"They found traces of clenbuterol in his system and if he was using it (to dope) there would probably still be enough in his system that it would show up in his hair," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN. "We did the hair test to prove this was accidental. Canelo is telling the truth about the meat contamination and he went far and beyond what he had to do by agreeing to have this hair test done so he can keep on proving that he is an innocent fighter.

"Meat contamination is a problem in Mexico. It happened with the national soccer team and it has happened with several athletes in Mexico. I believe what Canelo wants to do now is keep proving until his career is over, 10 or 15 years from now, that he is a clean fighter and an innocent fighter and that he did not do this purposely whatsoever."

 It was the first time the commission had ever asked for a hair follicle test on a combatant, but the commission felt it was important to get as much information as possible about Alvarez's case given the magnitude of the rematch with Golovkin. In the days following Alvarez's positive tests he was tested a few more times and each came back negative.

So will we indeed see the rematch between Canelo and Golovkin? Oscar De La Hoya certainly seems to think it possible. 

"He will fight in September and he will continue to test and continue to abide by all the rules and regulations," De La Hoya said.

"Canelo is ready willing and able to do whatever the commission asks. We're waiting to hear back from VADA on when he can start testing again. Canelo is willing to pay for the program. He is willing to do whatever it takes to clear his name, including take a lie detector test. We're going to do one. He wants to prove he is a clean fighter."

Make of this what you will ladies and gentleman. This writer will never try and influence anyone's opinion. But i will bring you a constructive thought process based only on facts, not fiction.