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Boxer Canelo Alvarez tests positive for banned drug, blames meat

Steve Marcus' 2017 Photos of The Year

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WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Grennady Golovkin, left, of Kazakhstan takes a punch from Canelo Alvarez of Mexico during their title fight at T-Mobile Saturday Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. The boxers fought to a draw and Golovkin retained his titles.

LOS ANGELES — Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat.

A voluntary test showed Alvarez had traces of clenbuterol. A statement from Golden Boy Promotions said the amount was consistent with meat contamination that has impacted athletes in Mexico and China.

Daniel Eichner, director of the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory that conducted the test, wrote Monday: "These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination."

Alvarez is scheduled for a rematch with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas, a highly anticipated fight after their draw last year.

Alvarez will move his training camp from Mexico to the United States and submit to additional tests, Golden Boy said.