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Canelo Alvarez Withdraws from May 5 Rematch with Gennady Golovkin

Per numerous sources, Canelo Alvarez has withdrawn from his highly-anticipated rematch against Gennady Golovkin on May 5.

The fight, which was scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, had remained in serious doubt following Canelo’s two positive drug tests for the banned substance, Clenbuterol.

According to boxing writer Steve Kim, Golden Boy Promotions–who promotes Canelo–realized that their man would not be licensed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which is why they decided to throw in the towel.

The overall sentiment from fans online is one of dejection, frustration and downright anger–mostly directed at Canelo whose superstar status and credibility will undoubtedly suffer in the public eye.

During today’s press conference, which was limited to select media members, Canelo defended his character and made his case to fans.

Unfortunately, those are hollow words from a man who just single handedly killed one of, if not the biggest fights of the year.

As for Golovkin, he is now left without a dance partner on May 5. WBO Super Middleweight champion, Gilberto Ramirez, has stated that he is ready, willing and able to face Golovkin.

Another name that is being thrown around as a possible opponent is Spike O’Sullivan. Nobody in there right mind wants to see that fight.

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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.