Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub give their take on the recent news that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez tested positive for trace levels of clenbuterol.
For all of the hype that surrounded August’s hugely divisive super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the boxing purists of the world saw September’s pairing of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin as the true marquee event of 2017.
And it was not without good reason. Alvarez, who came into that matchup with a 49-1-1 record, brought with him some considerable star-power in both the U.S and his home-country of Mexico and in Golovkin, you had an unbeaten Kazakhstani knockout artist – who despite being on the tail-end of his career – stood as perhaps the most devastatingly astute puncher Canelo had ever faced.
From the earliest stages of the build-up to the fight itself, it seemed to have all of the necessary ingredients to be a bonafide classic. The twelve rounds we were treated to most certainly did not disappoint, but unfortunately, the controversy that followed left a foul taste in the mouths of all of those who tuned in.
Boxing has been no stranger to dodgy judging over the years but when the scorecards were called upon, a remarkable turn of events saw the young-superstar Canelo gifted with a draw that had many scratching their heads.
It really was a tough sell. Golovkin seemed to have done enough to come away with a comfortable win and yet, some questionable scoring of the fight left us with a rematch – one that has been set for Cinco de Mayo this year on May 5.
Sure, it’ll be one helluva showdown to experience once again, but following the controversy, the integrity of the sport was brought under review and many were left understandably frustrated.
Earlier this week, in yet another curveball, Canelo tested positive for trace levels of the substance clenbuterol and while the fight is still expected to take place, once again the public found themselves in a collective state of doubt.
Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub spoke about the topic on a recent edition of Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience and made their feelings known on the status of May’s rematch following this development.
“How about Canelo testing hot for clenbuterol? They’re saying it’s in the meat in Mexico. It’s a small trace amount and everyone is saying, ‘oh, the fight is off’.
“Trust me, it’s boxing, that fight is not off. There’s way too much money involved.
“That is a real fact, though. That one particular substance he tested positive for exists in meat.
“Clenbuterol, it’s not a straight steroid. Guys use it cut weight. It’s such a trace amount, they’re going to be fine.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena