Chavez Jr. could lose $3 million purse for testing positive for Marijuana
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. reportedly has tested positive for Marijuana after his drug tests have come back for his loss last Saturday against Sergio Martinez, according to news reports from Sports Illustrated.
If this turns out to be true it’s going to be a huge blow to the 26-year-old Chavez Jr’s career starting with him getting fined steeply with his entire $3 million purse for the fight potentially getting taken away. He also could get suspended for up to 1 year.
Given how popular Chavez Jr. is it’s hard to imagine seeing him get suspended for an entire year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Chavez Jr’s fight with Sergio Martinez sold out at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, and he also brought in good ratings for HBO.
I personally can’t see a money maker like Chavez Jr. getting suspended for an entire year, because that would be like the Nevada Athletic Commission shooting themselves in the foot by doing that.
What Chavez Jr. has working against him, though, is the fact that he’s already tested positive once previously in 2009 when he tested positive for a Diuretic Furosemide, which is used by some fighters to cut large amounts of water weight to fight in weight classes that they couldn’t physically fight in without a lot of hard work in dieting and exercise.
Chavez Jr. received a suspension of seven months for getting popped for a Diuretic drug. Since this is his 2nd offense, it’s almost a sure thing that Chavez Jr. could face a longer suspension than seven months.
Losing his entire $3 million purse is one thing, but getting suspended an entire year would really hurt him because Chavez Jr. would lose out at least three paydays, possibly four. That’s a lot of money that he would stand to lose. It’s hard to imagine how much cash Chavez Jr. could lose from this.