Walking Away from Meat

By Robert Ecksel on July 24, 2018
Walking Away from Meat
He is currently on a kind of goodwill tour, trying to generate goodwill from critical fans.

According to Canelo, he “walked away from meat.” It couldn’t have been easy. He loves meat. But he was also betrayed by meat…

According to Canelo, he “walked away from meat.” It couldn’t have been easy. He loves meat. But he was also betrayed by meat, Mexican meat, no less, which made what followed all the more painful.

With the September 15 rematch against Gennady Golovkin fast approaching, Canelo Alvarez, having been dragged through the rhetorical mud, continues to grapple with tainted meat and his diminished reputation.

He is currently on some kind of goodwill tour, trying to generate goodwill from critical fans by saying the right thing at the right time. Speaking with ESPN Deportes, Canelo said he assumes full responsibility for all that transpired since the first failed drug test.

“I do not want to involve anyone else,” he said. “Really this was a mistake that I made by not reading about this, about this issue, about the serious issue that Mexico has with the meat.”

Presumably Canelo had better things to do besides studying tainted meat. Still, accepting responsibility for what went down, instead of pinning it off on an underling, makes Canelo look good and it suits him.

“I did not do anything intentionally,” he continued. “I did not do anything to try to improve my performance. I would never do something like that. It was a mistake and nothing more. I did not educate myself about this problem in Mexico. It was my mistake and I will not repeat it.”

There’s too much at stake to repeat a mistake like that. But if he can beat Golovkin, all will be forgiven.

“After what happened to me, I’ve taken a lot of precautions. Really, too many precautions, I think extreme. To the extreme of not eating meat, I walked away from meat. Meat in the United States is different, I can eat it without problems, because over here there is more control over the meat, but I really want to get used to not eating it, because most of the time I’m in Mexico and I walked away from it.”

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  1. Kid Blast 05:10pm, 07/26/2018

    thanks Koolz

  2. Koolz 03:25pm, 07/26/2018

    well said Kid!

  3. Kid Blast 05:52pm, 07/25/2018

    clenbuterol tends to cut fat but it also raises the blood pressure. This in turn increases vascularity. Canelo’s vascularity before he got caught was far more visible than ever before. He even had it in his biceps. He looked ripped.

    Power lifters use clenbuterol to make weight. But it’s legal for them if they are pros.

    What’s amazing to me is that people make such a big mystery out of this. He juiced period and Ker plunk!

  4. Koolz 04:18pm, 07/25/2018

    He really looked insanely huge though in those Pre Fight Training photos of him chopping wood Old School Style.

    He even looked pretty big at Weigh in.

    Well is he on Herbal Protein Drinks?  Salmon is the way to go!  Fish, Eggs, who needs meat?

    Isn’t it Ironic Golovkin’s favorite food is Meat.

  5. Chico Salmon 04:25pm, 07/24/2018

    Lucas McCain… No doubt that steroids played a role in those inflated home run stats from the 90’s and early 00’s, but no doubt adding 4 new teams to MLB in the 90’s probably played a role as well. More teams often mean less quality pitching.  The late Harmon Killebrew was interviewed at the time and was asked how many homers he would hit if he were still playing. Killebrew said he would hit about 30 home runs but you have to remember he was 60 years old. I think “the fat kid” might have been capable of backing up his claim even as a senior citizen. haha.

  6. Lucas McCain 01:00pm, 07/24/2018

    Chico,  I remember similar dismissive remarks about PEDs.  It was not only Russian better-living-through-chemistry.  Revered baseball records (esp. home runs) suddenly got broken by wide margins season after season.  Surprise surprise surprise, as Gomer Pyle used to say.

    I am puzzled by the sudden conversion to vegetarianism before a big fight.  Can’t the guy afford to have his steaks imported?  Eder Jofre was a vegetarian, but did he start this way?

  7. Chico Suave 11:40am, 07/24/2018

    Back in the day a lot of doctors thought steroids like Dianabol did little if anything to enhance athletic performance. These types of steroids were thought to increase one’s appetite ONLY, and this would allow a skinny person to gain weight or at least maintain weight. Then presto, Eastern Bloc countries started dominating in many different sports, particularly strength sports. Russian sports science, superior techniques or nutrition?

  8. peter 10:47am, 07/24/2018

    He won’t buy Mexican meat, and I don’t buy his excuse.

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