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'Cheat' Canelo should never be let back in ring, blasts Saunders

 

By Ed Elliott

Billy Joe Saunders has branded Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez a "cheat" and believes the Mexican should never box again.

Alvarez, who had withdrawn from his rematch with Gennady Golovkin, received a sixth-month ban last week, which has been backdated, having failed two drugs tests in February.

WBO middleweight king Saunders feels Alvarez's reputation is permanently tainted.

"I rated Canelo very highly but now he's gone down in my estimations. I don't rate him as a fighter at all," said 28-year-old Saunders, who is preparing for his rescheduled title defence against Martin Murray in June.

"Even if he beat Golovkin (in the future), I wouldn't class him as beating him because I still look at him as a cheat. I think it's a disgrace for boxing.

"Young fighters are looking at what he's got. Are they going to think, 'We can do that, we can get away with a six-month ban'?

"People enhancing their body to do more damage on someone, that's cheating and it should be a ban for life, most definitely."

Alvarez, who twice tested positive for clenbuterol, was to re-enter the ring with Golovkin on May 5 after their initial meeting in September finished in a draw.

The unbeaten Kazakh - who holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight belts - will instead take on American-Armenian Vanes Martirosyan.

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren is unhappy that Alvarez could face Golovkin later this year. He said: "They're going to fight in September, it's ridiculous. If you're found guilty, you should be banned (for life)."

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