A rumor circulating around boxing circles on Monday was confirmed on Tuesday. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who lost his WBC middleweight crown to Sergio Martinez Saturday night in Las Vegas, has tested positive for marijuana.
Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the NSAC, declined to comment till all the tests from this past weekend (which was unusually busy in his jurisdiction) came in. Earlier in the day as Top Rank was informed of Chavez’s plight, they issued this statement to the media: “Top Rank is reviewing the situation. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will have the opportunity to explain the situation to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
In terms of what penalties Chavez fight face, any violation can lead to a fine (up to 100% of purse) and/or suspension (up to 12 months)/revocation, under the rules of the NSAC.