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Boxer Chavez Jr. suspended, fined $900K over drug test

By Michelle Rindels

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:51 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013


LAS VEGAS » The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined and suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. today over a failed drug test last year before a Mexican Independence Day fight in Las Vegas.

The popular, 27-year-old fighter, who's the son of a famous boxer by the same name, tested positive for marijuana in September after his first professional loss. Chavez (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months from the date of the fight and fined $900,000, which amounts to 30 percent of his $3 million purse for the bout against Sergio Martinez.

Chavez, who spoke by phone from Mexico, said through a translator that he was sorry for his actions and had taken the drug to curb his stress eight or nine days before the much-anticipated fight.

"I know I committed a big error. It was a mistake," Chavez told the five commissioners. "I let a lot of people down."

The commission could have banned him for one year and penalized him for up to 100 percent of his purse.

However, his lawyer, Donald Campbell, asked for leniency, arguing that the marijuana wasn't a performance enhancing drug. He also said Chavez deserved credit for acknowledging that he used the drug.

"I'd like to fight as soon as I can," Chavez said. "But I'm willing to accept anything you guys have because, like I said, I made a mistake, and I'm willing to take the punishment."

Chavez's failed test was revealed Sept. 15 shortly after his dramatic loss to Martinez in front of a sellout crowd of 19,000. Chavez already was fined $20,000 and suspended indefinitely by the WBC, whose belt he lost to Martinez.

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.

Chavez was arrested on drunken driving charges last year in Los Angeles, and struggled to make weight for a championship bout last February against Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio, Texas.

Commissioners were split on the punishment, voting 3-2 in favor of it. Commissioner Skip Avansino suggested a fine of 10 to 15 percent of the purse, saying Chavez appeared contrite about the violation.

But others, including Commissioner Pat Lundvall, contended the punishment should be closer to the 30 to 40 percent figure other fighters have faced for second-time infractions. She argued the commission should take a strong stance on marijuana, even if criminal penalties for the substance are light.

"While there can be great debate as far as in the public as far as the benefits and adverse impacts of ... marijuana in general, that's not up for debate in this commission," Lundvall said.

After the hearing, Donaldson called the punishment "excessive" and said he would talk with his client about possibly challenging it.






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allie wrote:
sad..but not surprising
on February 28,2013 | 12:16PM
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