Alvarez handed six-month doping ban

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He blamed the positive test on tainted meat from his native Mexico.

The ban was passed unanimously at a hearing on Wednesday and will be lifted on August 17 - in time for a potential Gennady Golovkin rematch in September.

The eagerly awaited rematch between Golovkin and Alvarez, who battled to a controversial draw in September, was scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the replacement bout will be staged at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

On the same day that Gennady Golovkin received a replacement opponent, Canelo Alvarez learned his punishment for the positive drug test that will keep him out of the fight with GGG.

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The Nevada Athletic Commission has now officially suspended the Mexican fighter.

"Vanes Martirosyan brings a passionate Armenian fan base from nearby Glendale and an aggressive style of fighting", Loeffler said.

The 40-second clip opens with Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, tucking into a steak and uttering the words: "Super-human power requires a special ingredient." before a montage of the Kazakh working out and sparring in the gym.

Per Rafael, the sanctioning body does have a rule allowing Golovkin to seek an exception to a mandatory fight, but the IBF seems to be dead set against giving Martirosyan a shot at their title. "He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him", Golovkin said in a release.

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Due to Canelo pulling out of the fight following a failed doping test as he awaits a result of a hearing this week with the NSAC. "I will always be a clean fighter".

The likes of Billy Joe Saunders and Sergiy Derevyanchenko were both linked with a potential bout, but Golovkin - the WBA, WBC and IBF champion - has confirmed a showdown with Martirosyan.

"Vanes dropped [Demetrius] Andrade; he lost a close decision to [Jermell] Charlo that a lot of people thought he won and he lost a competitive fight with Erislandy Lara".

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