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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tests positive for banned substance after Sergio Martinez fight

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (above) tested positive for a banned substance — reportedly marijuana — after Saturday’s fight with Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas. (AP)

Former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for a banned substance following Saturday’s unanimous-decision defeat to Sergio Martinez. Chavez’s promoter, Top Rank, confirmed the positive test.

Top Rank’s Carl Moretti confirmed the positive test was for marijuana.

“Top Rank is reviewing the situation,” Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels said in a statement. “Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will have the opportunity to explain this situation to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”

The positive test is the second for Chavez in Nevada. In 2009, Chavez tested positive for Furosemide, a known diuretic that helps with weight loss, after his win over Troy Rowland. Chavez was suspended for seven months and fined $10,000 by the commission. The official result was changed to a no-contest.

Last week, Chavez cited that positive test as one of the turning points of his career.

“I thought about it, and I said, ‘What am I doing here? Do I need to be serious about this?’” Chavez said. “‘Do I really want this? How much do I want it?’”

NSAC executive director told SI.com there is no mandatory suspension length for a second positive test. Kizer said any violation can result in a fine of up to 100 percent of the fighter’s purse — Chavez was guaranteed $3 million against Martinez — and/or a one-year suspension.

The positive test is the latest act of immaturity from the 26-year old Chavez. Last January, Chavez was arrested for suspicion of DUI. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation. Before teaming up with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Chavez had a reputation for being lazy in the gym. Though he seemed to shed that reputation over the last year, in the weeks before the fight with Martinez, Chavez routinely skipped out on training sessions, often preferring to work out at home late at night rather than at the gym.

Roach said he will continue to work with Chavez but that “the first day he misses something, I’m going home.”

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 19, 2012
  • 22 comments
    Rickapolis
    Rickapolis

    Don't you NEED to be buzzed to get into the ring?

    sjplaza
    sjplaza

    @alldayringer -- that's @tonyplaza83 boy. way to go plaza... his daddy was a drunk and now he's a druggie. hahaha!!

    mg_indy
    mg_indy

    @DSIZZLE666 @chrismannixsi ~24/7 showed JCC didn't take training as seriously as he should have. This confirms it. Good thing Sergio held on

    the beast
    the beast

    No wonder he was so docile throughout the fight

    the beast
    the beast

    Wow he can fight on weed...Yeah!

    DeLAbarber
    DeLAbarber

    @hippiVan_ it was marijuana son lol

    jpnott
    jpnott

    @TheFilipinoCat @ChrisMannixSI oh snap....diuretic?

    jrios145
    jrios145

    @nickr7137 That just made my day!!! LLLMMMAAAAOOOOO!!!!!!!

    Calotejon
    Calotejon

    @fffane ya, ya, si llevo dando la lata un rato con el tema. Es mi ídolo.

    senordonal
    senordonal

    @KeithburkeMMA he was smoken them funny fags!.

    fffane
    fffane

    @Calotejon Ok. No me había enterado. Hoy estoy en la parra.

    DeLAbarber
    DeLAbarber

    @hippiVan_ yea read the link lol

    jpnott
    jpnott

    @TheFilipinoCat weed?? Wtf

    Calotejon
    Calotejon

    @fffane Casi knockea al Mariquita medio fumao. ¡El hijo de la leyenda!

    Calotejon
    Calotejon

    @fffane No, digo que le knockea el al Mariquita Martínez, que no te enteras.

    fffane
    fffane

    @Calotejon I agree. Se metería debajo de las faldas de Daddy Chávez en el 1º.

    Calotejon
    Calotejon

    @fffane Si no llega a ir fumao le knockea en el Round 1.

    fffane
    fffane

    @Calotejon No se enteró de que tenía la cara como un balón de la fumada que tenía. Si no llega a fumar cae en el 4º.

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