Thursday, March 22, 2018

Canelo vs. GGG II: Boxing's Latest Soap Opera

Regardless of how you scored Canelo vs. GGG I last September, it was an entertaining, marquee bout that was good for the sport of boxing. To the delight of the boxing and overall world of sports, the two men are scheduled for a 2018 Cinco de Mayo rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this bout is now in danger of being postponed and/or cancelled due to Canelo's February double failed drug tests, and the reaction of GGG's camp. As many of you already know, Canelo's camp claimed that he ate meat contaminated with the banned substance, clenbuterol, a substance commonly found in contaminated Mexican meat. GGG and members of his camp, including his trainer Abel Sanchez, did not buy into this excuse. They pointed out that Canelo's trainers, Eddy and Chepo Reynoso, are Mexican butchers who should have known to steer their fighter clear of meat contaminated with this performance enhancing substance.

This issue, along with claims from Sanchez that Canelo illegally wrapped his hands in the first bout, are causing drama leading up to this fight. On Tuesday at a meeting with the media in Big Bear Lake, California, GGG ripped apart Alvarez and his camp, as well as members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for being too lenient towards Canelo because of the fighter's popularity around the world. The fighter and his trainer both believe that Canelo was advised to use the substance in hopes of having an advantage in their May rematch. These claims were immediately rejected by Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions. About 24 hours later, Canelo responded to GGG's accusations with the following message, "I'm going to kick your fucking ass."

In closing this reporter has to ask himself, will Canelo vs. GGG II happen? And if not, will GGG fight Billy Joe Saunders? Furthermore, I would like to know why a millionaire, Mexican boxer was eating contaminated meat? I mean Canelo is no Dustin Johnson, a man who has gone on record praising the positive aspects of eating contaminated meat... (j/k).

As yet another boxing soap opera unfolds before our eyes, I urge you to stay tuned to The Weigh-In, as our expert and lovable staff members analyze and break down the biggest stories in the world of combat sports. Who knows? You may eventually get another angry rant about the state of boxing from Luis Cortes, or a professional wrestling (aka wrassling) article from Steve Ward leading up to Wrestlemania 34. And if you are really lucky, The People's Redhead may pull himself away from analyzing contaminated meat to discuss the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.

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