Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com is reporting that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) has tested positive for marijuana following his 12-round unanimous decision loss to Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) this past Saturday.
The positive drug test could result in the forfeiture of his entire $3 million purse, which seems extreme considering the positive test in question is not for the use of PEDs.
Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission reportedly will not have the full test results until Friday or Monday, so whatever punishment Chavez Jr. will face won't be known until at least then.
Chavez Jr. was arrested for DUI just two weeks prior to defending his WBC middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio in February of this year. Even with the DUI hanging over his head, he went on to win the fight, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision.
The DUI, however, wasn’t the only controversy surrounding the fight. Chavez Jr., by some accounts, was whisked away following the match to avoid a drug test.
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., the fighter's father, recently admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol during his career in an ESPN Deportes interview.
During the leadup to his most recent bout, Chavez Jr. was shown on HBO's 24/7 series employing some very unorthodox training methods, to say the least. On more than one occasion, he skipped his workouts entirely, and on other days, he chose to have makeshift training sessions in his temporary living room, kitchen or backyard, rather than the gym.
After such a lackluster performance in his last fight, Chavez Jr. may want to put the reefer down. I hear it can kill ambition.