The Nevada State Athletic Commission has ruled that middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will face a nine month suspension and $900,000 fine for his positive marijuana test following a decision loss to Sergio Martinez last September.
Per Boxingscene.com, the Commission made the ruling via a 3-2 vote. The $900,000 represents 30% of Chavez Jr.’s $3 million purse.
The hefty fine and suspension comes due to the fact Chavez Jr. previously tested positive for a banned substance, the weight-loss diuretic Furosemide, back in 2009.
The suspension starts from the date of the fight (September 15), meaning Chavez Jr. can return to the ring on June 15.
At press time, Chavez Jr. is planning to make a summer return against either Matthew Macklin or Top Rank stablemate Vanes Martirosyan.
While that $900k would hurt anyone’s pockets, Chavez Jr.’s career still gets to go along as planned with a lead-in summer fight then the Martinez rematch by the end of this year.
Now, those plans might get seriously derailed should he face Matthew Macklin. I was in attendance when he blew away Joachim Alcine last September and that’s a very tough fight for Chavez. Unfortunately, I doubt that Top Rank takes that risk and will opt for the safer in-house opponent in Martirosyan.