Canelo Alvarez has been told his failed drug test is a “huge blotch” on his record ahead of an undisputed clash with Caleb Plant.
The Mexican will search to make history as he faces Plant in a bid to become the first undisputed super-middleweight champion.
But in 2018 he was slapped with a six-month suspension after testing positive for trace levels of the banned substance clenbuterol on two separate occasions.
And former unified super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has warned Alvarez that his drug scandal will not be easily forgotten.
“I think it has been an aggressive approach largely down to Caleb Plant mentioning the drug story which has particularly gotten under his skin,” Frampton said.
“I suppose that is a huge blotch on his record and I imagine you are going to hear future opponents continue to bring that up.
“I think that has definitely annoyed him a bit but he is an aggressive guy, it doesn’t surprise me. A lot of the times people fight Canelo they are grateful that it gets to happen, making them lots of money from the fight.
“But Plant is different, you look at his back story. He has had a hard upbringing and a hard life and really wants to win this fight. He is really confident of winning the fight also and it certainly is a different approach than what Canelo is used to with previous opponents being more respectful.
“So Plant’s approach appears to have made Canelo more aggressive in his own approach.”
Despite later returning clean tests, Canelo faced backlash from many in the sport despite putting the positive test down to “tainted meat”.
And Plant has referred to the incident several times in the build-up to their fight, including during a heated press conference.
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“What the f*** are you going to do? F*** you. And you’re a drug cheat. So tell me something. Oscar Valdez tests positive for something and not get suspended for six months. But he [Canelo] get test positive for something and gets suspended for six months, and somehow he’s not a drug cheat?,” he said.
“Miguel Cotto’s brother can make you do the chicken dance but I can’t? Okay. Mark my words, on November 6 you will hear the words, ‘And the new undisputed super middleweight champion,’ but you will also hear the words, ‘and still undefeated’.”
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