Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez banned for six months after failing two drugs tests

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez banned for six months after failing two drugs tests

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez banned for six months after failing two drugs tests

Gennady Golovkin is on a collision course with history as he closes in on the record for most consecutive middleweight world title defenses and he aims to make that mark either with or without Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

The Mexican boxer twice tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug in February and was given his punishment at a hearing in Nevada on Wednesday.

Alvarez's suspension included a mandate that he must pass drug tests before he fights again in Nevada.

Golovkin will fight Vanes Martirosyan in a middleweight bout May 5.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said yesterday that he wants to stage the fight on September 15 at Wembley.

Golovkin, however, hopes to keep the May 5 fight date and move on to other opposition while hoping to get a second shot at Alvarez later in the year.

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) fought to a controversial draw last September, with judge Adalaide Byrd coming under criticism for her scorecard, scoring the fight that most thought GGG won for Alvarez by a 118-110 score. "He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him", said Golovkin. "I'm sparring, I'm on weight", Martirosyan recently told the Los Angeles Times.

"Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport's biggest event of the year", Golden Boy said.

"I am truly shocked about what has happened and for those who have doubts and suspicions about my integrity". It's a good show for L.A. Cinco De Mayo. "I do believe in my heart I'm going to beat (Golovkin) because he's never fought someone with my style". Pictured: Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) celebrates after his middleweight championship bout against Canelo Alvarez (not pictured) at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sep.

Martirosyan has lost three of his last six fights, including to Erislandy Lara for the WBA super welterweight crown last May.

Related news