Former WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., tested positive for marijuana after his Sept. 15 loss against Sergio Martinez, and he’s currently waiting for the chance to explain his side of things to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Chavez Jr. seemed apologetic about the whole situation, and the two-time offender is hoping to get a lenient ruling from NSAC.
However, the World Boxing Council has already moved against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — who lost his WBC middleweight belt to Martinez — ordering him to enroll in a rehabilitation program and issuing a $10,000 fine.
“As president of the WBC, I have got in touch with the Board of Governors, and we have decided to fine him $10,000 USD,” WBC president Jose Sulaiman stated in a press release. “That money will be donated to an institution for children who suffer from cancer. We also are asking Julio to attend a rehabilitation center and want official confirmation that he’s so doing. The WBC will open its doors once again to him, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The WBC won’t suspend Julio Cesar for an undefined time, because that is not going to help him.”
Given the fact Chavez Jr. received a $3 million purse for his fight against Martinez; the WBC’s fine is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
However, NSAC probably won’t be as lenient as the WBC, and Chavez’ troubles are far from over.
It would have been a completely different case if Chavez Jr. didn’t have a bad track record with drug tests (he tested positive for Furosemide after his last fight in Las Vegas), but NSAC is usually tough on repeat offenders. A suspension is almost guaranteed, and it’s only a matter of how long.
Depending on how long Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is suspended, a rematch against Martinez is still a possibility. The Argentine is open to the idea of a rematch between the two at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but Chavez Jr. would have to undergo Olympic style drug testing.
“If he wants to box there, there must be a condition to undergo Olympic testing for one month [prior to the fight], one week [prior to the fight] and one day before the fight,” Martinez stated as a condition for a rematch between the two.”
Fightnews.com, “Chavez Jr fined 10K by WBC, ordered into rehab”
Jhonny Gonzalez, “Sergio Martinez Wants Olympic Drug Tests For Chavez Jr.”
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