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Boxing: Julio Chavez Jr. fined $900K over failed drug test

Published February 28, 2013 6:05 pm

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Boxing • The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined and suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Thursday over a failed drug test last year.

The Mexican tested positive for marijuana in September after his first professional loss. Chavez (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months and fined $900,000, which amounts to 30 percent of his $3 million purse for the fight against Sergio Martinez.

The commission could have banned him for one year and penalized him for up to 100 percent of his purse. Commissioners questioned why Chavez had not yet returned to Nevada for disciplinary action. Attorney Donald Campbell said the former middleweight champion had been stuck in Mexico, unable to obtain a visa.

From wire reports