The World Boxing Council has suspended former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for an indefinite period and fined him $20,000 for his marijuana use.
Chavez tested positive for marijuana in a pre-fight urine test before losing his WBC belt Sept. 15 in a unanimous-decision defeat to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has not yet ruled on any punishment for Chavez.
Keith Kizer, executive officer of the Nevada commission, said Chavez's promoter has tentatively asked for a hearing in late October. Chavez faces a suspension up to one year, and a fine beyond the $25,000 that has been withheld from his Sept. 15 purse.
The WBC added, however, it wants Chavez to enroll in a “rehab center.”
“The WBC will open its doors once again to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises," the WBC statement said. "But ... we also give boxers the chance to continue a career path, after they undergo rehab.”