The World Boxing Council have removed Mexican Canelo Alvarez from their middleweight rankings after Alvarez failed to re-enroll in their clean boxing programme, the programme is an all year round, 365 days a year random drug testing protocol which is conducted by VADA.

Alvarez is currently suspended until August 2018 after being issued with a six-month ban following two positive tests for banned substance Clenbuterol in February, just 8 weeks prior to his then scheduled May 5 rematch with Gennady Golovkin, which was subsequently canceled.

It was hoped that the highly anticipated rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin would now take place in September, however latest developments throw further doubt on whether the rematch will ever get made. Golovkin is currently the WBC middleweight champion.

Of course, if Alvarez signs up to the programme he will be reinstated into the WBC rankings, however, if he chooses not to it will almost certainly rule out any hope of a rematch with Golovkin. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and trainer Abel Sanchez have both made it clear that Alvarez needs to be part of the clean boxing programme if a rematch is to be agreed.

The WBC current rankings now have interim holder Jermall Charlo as the mandatory challenger, Daniel Jacobs is now ranked as number 1 contender, Demetrius Andrade 2, Jason Quigley 3, David Lemieux 4, Kamil Szeremeta 5.