Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: How Failed Drug Test Could Impact Career

Michael WaltersCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (L) and Sergio Martinez trade punches in the seventh round of their WBC middleweight title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1; 32 KOs) has certainly put himself in a tough position recently. With his second failed drug test, albeit the two drugs are in no way similar, he is likely looking at a one-year suspension from the NSAC, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.

His first failed drug test took place in 2009 and was for a diuretic that can be used to either cut weight or mask the use of PEDs. The second failed test was for marijuana use. Although it is not known to enhance performance, marijuana is still banned nonetheless.

In this day and age, one year out of the ring is not a long time. Fighters on the top level only fight once or twice a year anyway, and Chavez was certainly on his way to that level before being derailed by Sergio Martinez in his last fight. 

But for a fighter like Chavez, who has a very limited amateur background and save for his last few opponents has only fought C+ level competition at best throughout his career, any time away from the ring could be detrimental. 

Chavez needs to be in the ring as much as possible if he wants to grow as a fighter and continue to show the improvement in the ring that he had in his bouts leading up to the Martinez thrashing. 

If Chavez, who at this point can be classified as an alcohol and drug abuser following his January DUI and now positive drug test for marijuana, has too much time on his hands, his illicit substance use could quickly spiral out of control. 

His father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., is an admitted alcoholic and drug addict, so Jr. could be more susceptible to succumb to alcohol. 

The more time away from the ring, the worse things could be for him as far as his drug and alcohol use is concerned. With his fame and fortune, he could easily fall into Caligula-esque lifestyle if he is away from the ring too long. 

Hopefully, his recent failed drug test and DUI are isolated incidents that the young fighter from Culican, Sinaloa, Mexico, will learn from, but at this point, I find that highly unlikely. Unfortunately, I feel this could be a sign of things to come.