Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. failed to show up until the final round of his Sept. 15 fight against Sergio Martinez, and it ended up costing him his WBC middleweight title and his perfect professional boxing record.
Chavez Sr. called him out for his poor training methods after the fight, and his promoter Bob Arum didn’t mince any words either, referring to his performance as “Pathetic” during a post-fight interview with Marcos Villegas.
To make things worse for Chavez Jr., it’s now been revealed that he failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana.
I personally don’t think that a fighter testing positive for marijuana is a big deal — considering the fact it isn’t a performance enhancing drug –, but I’ll be shocked if “JC Jr.” isn’t severely punished by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Chavez Jr. has a poor track record when it comes to drug tests. And he failed his post-fight drug test after his last bout in Las Vegas against Troy Rowland, testing positive for Furosemide.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was hoping for a rematch against Martinez, but that probably won’t happen anytime in the near future. At, 37 years-old, Martinez doesn’t have time to wait around for any opponent, and he’ll probably go looking for greener pastures.
Chavez’ camp plans to fight the positive test using a similar argument to the one MMA fighter, Nick Diaz, used when he tested positive for marijuana after fighting Carlos Condit at UFC 143. But it’s worth noting that it didn’t work out for the former Strikeforce welterweight champion (Diaz ended up getting hit with a one-year suspension). Still, Arum hopes he’ll be able get a favorable ruling from NSAC.
“You certainly worry about the repercussions, but we have a great commission in Nevada that understands what the social issues are,” Arum said. “As far as I’m concerned, marijuana should be legal and you can quote me on that. … I’m making a moral judgment. It’s legal in California … it has therapeutic effects. I’m not going to step back on this one: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with marijuana, and if I had a vote, I’d vote to legalize it. Let’s not be sanctimonious here.”
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.