Canelo Alvarez withdraws from May 5 rematch vs. Gennady Golovkin

Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez announced Tuesday that the hotly anticipated rematch for the middleweight title between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has been canceled as a result of Alvarez’s two failed drug tests on Feb. 17 and Feb. 21.

Gomez said “it was extremely unlikely to get resolved” soon enough to allow the fight to go on as scheduled on May 5 so Alvarez opted to withdraw from the rematch. Alvarez has an April 18 date in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Alvarez tested positive for the banned anabolic agent, Clenbuterol. He denied intentionally cheating, and blamed the failed tests on eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico. He was at his home in Guadalajara at the time of the tests.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: (R-L) Gennady Golovkin throws a punch at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico and WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan face off during a news conference at MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) and Canelo Alvarez (blue trunks) box during the world middleweight boxing championship at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his world middleweight boxing championship bout against Gennady Golovkn (not pictured) at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) celebrates after his middleweight championship bout against Canelo Alvarez (not pictured) at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) celebrates after his middleweight championship bout against Canelo Alvarez (not pictured) at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Britain Boxing - Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez Press Conference - The Landmark London - June 19, 2017 Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez pose after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin face off during a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin (R) reacts from an attack by Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Canelo Alvarez (R) recoils from a jab by Gennady Golovkin during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Gennady Golovkin throws a punch at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: Canelo Alvarez in his corner against Gennady Golovkin during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin (L) thows a left at Canelo Alvarez in the fourth round of their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxers fought to a draw and Golovkin retained his titles. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin (C) are lifted in the air at the end of their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin in the ring against Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: Canelo Alvarez in his corner against Gennady Golovkin during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: (R-L) Canelo Alvarez throws a punch at Gennady Golovkin during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin (R) face-off during their weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16th in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin (R) pose during their weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16th in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin pose during their weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Canelo Alvarez talks to the media during the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin boxing press conference at The Landmark Hotel on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Gennady Golovkin talks to the media during the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin boxing press conference at The Landmark Hotel on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: (L-R) Lineal & RING Magazine Middleweight World Champ Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya and Gennadi Golovkin attend the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin Press Tour at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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I have always been a clean fighter and I always will be a clean fighter,” Alvarez said Tuesday at a news conference in Los Angeles. “I want to prove without a doubt that I have never intentionally ingested Clenbuterol. I have nothing to hide and I want to be open and transparent through this process. …. I have never taken illegal substances and this is no different.”

Golovkin is expected to fight a replacement for Alvarez on pay-per-view on May 5, but nothing has been finalized as of yet.

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