This ain’t no dog-and-pony show


Well, when you’re wrong, you might as well and come out and admit it. To begin the week at this fine website that covers boxing, I stated that, while Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was “temporarily suspended” by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday, in reality, it was nothing more than a dog-and-pony show designed to clear the way for the May 5 middleweight championship rematch against Gennady Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


The Mexican star was to have appeared before the commission on April 10 for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions were adamant that this was the result of consuming contaminated Mexican beef.


Well, on Thursday, the commission canceled that “meat”-and-greet, scheduled a new hearing for April 18 and have filed an official complaint against Alvarez.


Yeah, this is serious and the commission certainly isn’t rubber-stamping anything at this point. The consensus is that Canelo-GGG 2 will be canceled outright. I’ll admit, I haven’t been this incorrect about something since I thought Kyle Wright would be the next great Miami Hurricane quarterback. (Hey, he looked great in spring ball in 2005 and things were going well up until the Georgia Tech meltdown at the Orange Bowl that season. Besides, poor kid had to play under the “leadership” of Larry Coker. Turns out he never had a chance.)


But I digress; while some will hail the commission for not giving a cash cow preferential treatment, it was explained to me a couple of days ago that they were really boxed in by their own rules. The term “strict liability” was explained to me and, in layman’s terms, it means, in this particular scenario, it doesn’t really matter how much of or how an illegal substance got into your system – you are responsible for it, regardless.


The Nevada regulations clearly state:





These particular amendments were made in the fall of 2016. Nevada uses the guidelines set forth by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) but it has to be noted in this statement (WADA Statement on ARD Documentary (April 2, 2017) that:


“It has been scientifically established that an athlete can test positive for clenbuterol at low levels following ingestion of contaminated meat. There have been hundreds of cases – limited to a number of countries where contamination is known to be an issue and where the athletes would have resided, trained and/or competed; and, these cases have been treated in the same way as those identified through the Beijing Re-Analysis Program.”


And although this statement by WADA is from 2011, it’s still validly chapter-and-verse in 2018.


But a message to all Mexican boxers who are even thinking of having carne asada from your part of town, well, if you have a fight in Nevada (or really anywhere else, for that matter), you may want to think long and hard about this. That loophole has closed in this jurisdiction.


While this fight hasn’t been formally canceled yet, Gilbert Manzano of the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted the following on Wednesday:






So yeah, word was spreading quickly throughout Las Vegas and while the May 5 pay-per-view event isn’t officially dead, well, it certainly looks like it’s heading in that direction. Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times is reporting that the commission is looking for a one-year suspension of Alvarez but he could persuade them to cut that time in half (which would then make him eligible to return to fight in his customary Mexican Independence Day slot in mid-September).


As for Golovkin – who has seen his activity grind to a halt in recent years – it’s not evident just what he will do. He’s made it clear that he wants to fight in that time frame and then, afterward, who knows? The worst-case scenario is he waits until September (assuming that Canelo is even eligible to fight) for this rematch. Word is names like Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan are being kicked around as interim opponents.


For the time being, “mum” is the word from Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, while the head of GGG Promotions, Tom Loeffler, has gone “Jimmy Hoffa” – in other words, underground (which usually means he’s working on something).


So yeah, I was wrong – VERY wrong – about this one. The NSAC did the right thing – because they simply had no other choice.





Here’s this week’s edition of “The Next Round,” with Gabe Montoya and Yours Truly. Loeffler (before he went Hoffa) joined us.





Mario Lopez is back from the Holy Land and we talk boxing, along with several other things, on “The 3 Knockdown Rule.”





“Hollywood Fight Nights” at the Avalon got off to a good start. Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin looked much better as a junior welterweight and Serhii Bohuchuk is a junior middleweight to watch…So what’s going on with that May 19 match-up between WBC 175-pound titlist Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack?…Can’t lie, “Johnny Football” has me interested in his return to football…Is it baseball season already?!…”Barry” on HBO wasn’t bad, will give this a shot…I can be reached at and I tweet (a lot) at I also share photos of stuff at and can also be found at




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