Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin again accused Mexican Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez of doping ahead of his long-awaited fight for the middleweight belt on Saturday.
Reigning world champion Golovkin will step into the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday in search of his 21st defense, a year after a controversial draw that left neither of them satisfied.
In principle, both fighters were to meet again on May 5 but the fight had to be canceled due to two consecutive positives for clenbuterol from the Mexican, who was suspended for six months.
Álvarez then insisted that these results were due to contaminated meat in his country and denied any accusation.
Yet Golovkin was always wary of his opponent’s version … and did so again upon arrival in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
I don’t think it was the meat. I don’t believe their stories of tainted meat. Experts determined it was doping, not contaminated meat. These stories do not make sense, “said the Kazakh through an interpreter.
The reigning champion went even further by pointing out that there are photographs in which the injection marks are visible.
“There is no denying that there are puncture marks on his hands and arms. The injection marks were evident ”, declared the champion by the WBA, WBC and OIB.
“Everywhere, on his biceps, his stomach… you could see the marks all over his body… but right now it’s the last thing I’m worried about. Now I’m focused on the fight, “he added.
Meanwhile, Álvarez denied the accusations of his rival and assured that they are a way to divert attention in case he loses the fight.
These are the screams and wails of someone who is drowning. They are the excuses they are making for what is coming to them on Saturday, which is a defeat for them, “said Canelo.
The 36-year-old Kazakh matched legend Bernard Hopkins’ 20 title defenses in May and has an immaculate record of 38 wins, 34 of them by KO, a single draw and no losses.
Álvarez, meanwhile, has a balance of 49 wins (34 by KO), two draws and a single loss, against American Floyd Mayweather. AFP