Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana after relinquishing the WBC middleweight title by unanimous decision to The Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
As a result of being snagged with dirty piss, Chavez, Jr. (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs), whose nickname is “The Legend Goes On” because he is the son of iconic pugilist Julio Caesar Chavez, was temporarily suspended on Wednesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The lazy 26-year-old will likely be banned from competing in the squared circle for a year and fined $300,000 for blazing, or using cannabis-laden eye drops, prior to the bout against Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs).
"Mr. Chavez's license is suspended, but there is no finding of fact on the merits of the case," commission executive director Keith Kizer told ESPN.com. "He had a license to fight in Nevada and we suspended it pending a hearing. Chavez had no objection to it. He wasn't going to fight again this year anyway."
Kizer acknowledged that Chavez’s penalties will be more severe because of his past misdeeds and indiscretions.
Chavez, Jr., who was arrested for driving shitfaced in January, was pinched for being a cheating juicehead after his November 2009 match against Troy Rowland at the MGM Grand in “Sin City.”
Subsequently, the Mexican star was rightfully blacklisted from the ring for seven months and fined $10,000 for using performance-enhancing drugs.
"I can't imagine the suspension will be any less than six months," Kizer said. "Best case for Mr. Chavez is six months, worse case is 12 months. That is my speculation because it is up to the commissioners. They are the ones who vote. But the norm for a first-time offense on marijuana is six months and the norm on a second drug offense is up to 12 months. It will be up to the commission after hearing the case from the attorney general's office and from Mr. Chavez."
Further curious and troublesome, Chavez, who was outclassed last month by a one-handed Martinez for 11 rounds, had bolted like a Jamaican sprinter after all three of his previous scraps in Texas before providing a clean urine sample.
Jeff Lyons possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science” and has contended that Chavez is again juicing ever since the youngster overwhelmed Marco Antonio Rubio in “The Lone Star State” last February.
“I posted a comment on an article by Dan Rafael on ESPN after the fight with Rubio,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “I believe he is using steroids again. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is a joke. He’s basically a light-heavyweight out-pointing mediocre middleweights. Rubio is not a small middleweight and Chavez dwarfed him.”
Despite showing a tremendous amount of testicular fortitude in the final round against the brilliant Martinez, named the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” and currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the third preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. needs to mature and, even if allowed, shouldn’t “fight again this year anyway."