On air now

Early Breakfast With Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Canelo Alvarez withdraws from...

Sport

Canelo Alvarez withdraws from hotly anticipated rematch with Gennady Golovkin

Share this article


The hotly anticipated May 5 rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has been cancelled after Golden Boy Promotions confirmed that the Mexican fighter failed two drugs tests in February.

Canelo's withdrawal was confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday while the 27-year-old serves a temporary suspension handed out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who filed a formal complaint and are seeking disciplinary action which will be decided at a hearing in Las Vegas on April 18.

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez explained their position: "It’s unlikely this matter will be resolved by [April 18] properly and obviously we need enough time to promote a fight of this magnitude."

The former two-weight world champion tested positive for clenbuterol which, as an anabolic agent, could carry a suspension of one year but if he co-operates it could be halved to six months.

It is then back-dated to when the fighter tested positive, meaning he could be free to fight in mid-August, giving the promoters the chance to reschedule the bout although it's thought that Golovkin is keen to keep the May 5 date in Las Vegas.

Canelo still maintains his claim that his consumption of contaminated meat in his native Mexico is why he tested positive and wants to clear his name.

Among the fighters looking to take his place in the bout is Cork native Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan.


Share this article


Read more about

Sport

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Early Breakfast With Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast With Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

Up next

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Muireann O'Connell

Muireann O'Connell

12 PM-2 PM

Share

Fergal D'Arcy

Fergal D'Arcy

2 PM-4:30 PM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

Lost in Music with Louise Duff...

Lost in Music with Louise Duffy

7 PM-9 PM

Share

The Paul McLoone Show

The Paul McLoone Show

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on