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Commission confirms Chavez's positive test for marijuana
The Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director officially acknowledged Julio Cesar Chavez's positive drug test for marijuana on Friday.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has officially confirmed a RingTV.com report that middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana metabolites consistent with the use of the drug in the aftermath of his unanimous decision loss to RING champion Sergio Martinez that dethroned him as WBC titleholder on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas.
Kizer was awaiting receipt of the pre-fight tests, which screen for steroids and masking agents, before responding to earlier reports about Chavez's post-fight infraction.
"We have received all of the test results, both the pre- and the post-fight tests. Everybody past their pre-fight tests, which are for steroids, diuretics and masking agents," said Kizer, reached by RingTV.com on Friday.
"So there are no additional charges. We will just have the one complaint against Julio for marijuana metabolites, which came back positive."
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said Chavez planned to address the issue in a hearing with the Nevada Commission.
But if Chavez is found guilty, he can be penalized or fined for the entire amount of his $3 million purse, suspended for up to a year, or a combination of both.
"Today or Monday, we will get the complaint out to him," said Kizer. "We will ask for some sort of fine and some sort of suspension, and then it will be up to the commission to decide that after a hearing."
The infraction is the third known instance in which Chavez (46-1-1, 32 knockouts) has been associated with either a banned substance or alcohol abuse.
Chavez tested positive for a banned substance which was a diuretic following his unanimous decision victory over Troy Rowland in November, of 2009, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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