On Saturday, boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lost his first career match to opponent Sergio Martinez. The boxer faced a bigger blow, however, when he tested positive for marijuana on Wednesday. Chavez now has to explain himself to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Top Rank Boxing’s Chairman Bob Arum plans to argue to the Nevada commission on Chavez’s behalf as well because the boxer was apparently using the drug to aid with insomnia. Additionally, Arum is pushing for marijuana use to never be cause for fining or suspending athletes, because he believes it is not a performance enhancing drug.
Arum explained his stance to the Los Angeles Times, adding that he believes the Commission will do the right thing in Chavez’s case. “You certainly worry about the repercussions,” he stated, “but we have a great commission in Nevada that understands what the social issues are. As far as I’m concerned, marijuana should be legal and you can quote me on that.”
Chavez previously tested positive for Furosemide, which is most commonly taken to shed water weight or hide steroid use. Since this marijuana PED offense is his second in Nevada, Chavez could be suspended for a year and lose up to $3 million– his entire purse.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission did not provide any additional information, explaining that they were waiting to receive the results of all performance enhancing drug tests from this weekend before making any announcements.