The new WBC rankings were released on Monday and Canelo Alvarez has been dropped as the No.1 middleweight contender because, in the wake of his suspension for twice testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol, which forced his May 5 rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin to be canceled, he has refused to enroll in the WBC Clean Boxing program as mandated for all of its titleholders and ranked contenders. Alvarez is still recognized as the Ring magazine middleweight champion but despite its promises to strip him following the suspension he remains listed as the middleweight champion in its rankings. That should not come as a huge surprise given the publication is owned by Golden Boy Promotions' owner Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez's promoter.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer159d ago