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Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. suspended nine months, fined $900,000

February 28, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., left, tested positive for marijuana after suffering the first loss of his career to Sergio Martinez in September.
Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., left, tested positive for marijuana after… (Julie Jacobson / Associated…)

Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who tested positive for marijuana after his fight against Sergio Martinez in September, has been suspended for nine months and fined $900,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Chavez (46-1-1) lost the fight, his first loss as a pro. The $900,000 represents 30% of his $3-million purse for the fight. He could have been suspended for a year and had his entire purse taken from him.

In 2009, Chavez tested positive for another banned substance after his fight with Troy Rowland in Las Vegas. He received a seven-month suspension from the Nevada commission.

His promoter, Bob Arum, said in September that he did not consider marijuana a performance-enhancing drug.

Chavez said through a translator that he was sorry for his actions and had taken the drug to curb his stress before the fight.

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