This has not been a good week for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. First the son of the Mexican boxing legend was outboxed and thoroughly beaten by Argentinian Sergio Martinez on Saturday, his first career loss and the loss of his WBC middleweight belt. Only an amazing 12th round, in which Chavez almost knocked out Martinez, saved him from complete embarrassment. That came on Wednesday when Chavez tested positive after the fight for marijuana. Spokesman Lee Samuels said Wednesday in a statement that Top Rank was reviewing the report of a positive marijuana test. He said Chavez, 26, will explain the results before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Commission executive Keith Kizer declined to provide a name to the Associated Press, but said one of 32 fighters who took part in bouts at two Las Vegas venues last Saturday tested positive for marijuana. Kizer said the commission is awaiting results of pre-fight tests for banned substances before releasing all the results. This being his second offense in Nevada, Chavez could face a year’s suspension and the loss of up to 100% of his purse, which was $3 million, before any pay-per-view revenue he receives. Chavez fell to 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts with his loss to Martinez.
Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum told the Los Angeles Times Wednesday that he will argue for the Nevada commission to treat Chavez with leniency because he doesn’t view marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug, and, in fact, would like to see it legalized. “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.” Arum told the Times he’s been told Chavez Jr. smoked marijuana “three weeks to a month out of breaking camp because he was having trouble sleeping . . . it was therapeutic use for insomnia.” This is not the first time Chavez has tested positive for a banned substance. In 2009, he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic used to help lose weight or as a masking agent for steroids. The NSAC suspended him for seven months and he was fined $10,000. His fight was changed from an easy victory against Troy Rowland to a no-decision, the only blemish on Chavez’s record prior to his loss to Martinez. Earlier this year Chavez was charged with DUI in Los Angeles. He reached a plea deal and received three years probation and was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous.
via : USA Today
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