Mexican world champion boxer Saúl 'Canelo' Álvarez spent Cinco de Mayo generously donating thousands of boxes of clenbuterol worth approximately $1million to hospitals and clinics in his home country, it has emerged.
Widely used by bodybuilders and athletes, clenbuterol is an anabolic agent that helps the body increase its metabolism, boosts muscle growth and works as a weight loss agent.
Despite the drug being banned in all major sports, boxing included, the four-division champion swears by it, and has been known to incorporate it into his training regime for world title fights.
But having recently learned that the main use of clenbuterol is to help with respiratory problems such as asthma, the 29-year-old jumped to the conclusion that his wonder drug would also help sufferers of coronavirus, and took it upon himself to take thousands of boxes from his own personal stash and distribute them to the Mexican public.
Interviewed at the scene of his impromptu "drug drive", Canelo had this to say:
"When I heard this drug I'd been using to get ripped and cut weight could actually save lives, I just had to take a few boxes and give them to my people. I haven't checked with any doctors if it will help with coronavirus, but it helps horses with asthma and it made me a four-division world champion, so it can't hurt, right?
"I've handed out thousands of boxes, probably half of what's in my house. I could have donated some more, but I do need to make sure I have some left for the third fight with Golovkin."
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