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Chavez Jr. Faces Suspension & Fine for Marijuana Bust

Chavez Jr. will face fines and another suspension for his second drug bust in Nevada.
Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will have the opportunity to explain his second positive drug test to the Nevada State Athletic Commission as he faces the possibility of another fine and suspension.

Chavez Jr., who dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez last Saturday despite scoring a 12th round knockdown, tested positive for marijuana following the bout and was the only fighter out of 32 participants to deliver a positive drug test.

Chavez Jr. was previously suspended for seven months and fined $10,000 in 2009 for testing positive for Furosemide, a banned substance that assists in weight loss. Chavez Jr.’s win over Troy Rowland was overturned to a No Contest.

At press time, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is hoping to stage a Chavez Jr.-Martinez rematch in Texas at Dallas Stadium. Martinez, citing Texas’ controversial judging history and previously misplacement of Chavez Jr. drug results, has publicly declined the venue proposal.

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