Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was fined $900,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a hearing on Thursday afternoon, the long-awaited result of his failed post-fight drug test for marijuana, after his loss to Sergio Martinez this past September. Chavez Jr. was also suspended by the NSAC for nine months, although that goes retroactively to the date of the fight, which really means he only has about three more months before he's eligible to fight once again.
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The fine represents a lofty 30% of his $3 million purse for the Martinez fight. It was such a high figure because it was Chavez's second failed drug test over the years. Chavez also was not present at the hearing, and that likely did not help his cause either.
Chavez had tried to argue for as little as a $10,000 fine, and a six month suspension which would therefore be completed at this point in no time. His reasoning being that marijuana is not performance enhancing. However, the NSAC slapped him ...