Golovkin-Al­varez Septem­ber re­match — De La Hoya

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Canelo has an­nounced that he will be tested by VADA but what a lot of peo­ple don’t know is that he’s been ac­tu­ally tested sev­eral times with the Ne­vada State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion.

MI­AMI: Os­car De La Hoya be­lieves Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez’s highly an­tic­i­pated re­match with Gen­nady Golovkin is close to be­ing fi­nal­ized and will be driven by in­creas­ing an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two fight­ers.

Al­varez, who pulled out of his May 5 mid­dleweight clash in Las Ve­gas af­ter twice test­ing pos­i­tive for Clen­buterol in Fe­bru­ary, an­nounced on Tues­day that he has en­rol led in the year round Vol­un­tary Anti- Dop­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( VADA) drug-test­ing regime.

Al­varez’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to prove he’s a clean fighter has fi­nally sat­is­fied the Golovkin camp who were very crit­i­cal about the slow­ness of the Mex­i­can to pub­licly state his in­ten­tions for test­ing.

They wanted as­sur­ances of him be­ing tested be­fore agree­ing terms.

Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions owner De La Hoya, how­ever, in­sists a new deal for the fight is “75% cer­tain” to be reached in time for it to be sched­uled for Sept 15.

De La Hoya told AFP at the Spor­tel Sum­mit in Mi­ami: “Canelo has an­nounced that he will be tested by VADA but what a lot of peo­ple don’t know is that he’s been ac­tu­ally tested sev­eral times with the Ne­vada State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion.

“They tested him just two days ago. I think they’re test­ing them to­day as well, but he wanted to en­roll in the year-round test­ing for his fans.

“He wants to keep proving that

Os­car De La Hoya

he’s in­no­cent to keep proving that it was an in­no­cent mis­take, what took place.

“And it’s funny be­cause I’ve trav­eled to Mex­ico quite a few times now and they ask peo­ple, what do you think about this news with Canelo? And they’re like, what news?

“With all this an­i­mos­ity now, guess what? The fight is go­ing to be even big­ger.”

Al­varez’s stature in the United States has un­doubt­edly taken a hit with Golo­vokin pub­licly call­ing Al­varez a cheat. De La Hoya isn’t wor­ried. Al­varez re­mains one of the big­gest names in box­ing and is guar­an­teed to gen­er­ate lu­cra­tive pay-per-view num­bers.

He added: “I think it’s (Canelo’s stature) been af­fected here a bit in the US. But guess what, I’ve al­ways said you’re as good as your last fight.

“Canelo is fine though. He wants to fight.

“I’m 75 per cent sure, con­fi­dent that, that we can get this done be­cause it ( the talk from GGG camp) had been quite dis­parag­ing to­wards him. But of course ev­ery­body uses thei r own ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics.

“But I can say that I think I’m about 75 per cent con­fi­dent right now and happy with the process that has hap­pened the last cou­ple of days in terms of the broader stuff.

“There’s no cut off date but there will be one shortly be­cause we need to get to work.” — AFP

Gen­nady Golovkin works out dur­ing a me­dia event in Big Bear, Cal­i­for­nia, ahead of his fight against Canelo Al­varez in Las Ve­gas in this March 20 file photo. — AFP photo

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