Julio Cesar Chavez Jr failed his drug test in Nevada for the second time in two fights there. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Well, it's not performance-enhancing, it's not steroids, it's not a diuretic -- but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr did fail his Nevada drug test following last Saturday's loss to Sergio Martinez, testing positive for marijuana.
Chavez Jr (46-1-1, 32 KO) has now failed two drug tests in Nevada, the first coming in 2009 when he failed a test after a win against Troy Rowland. That time, it was a diuretic. This time, it's just weed, I guess, so that's an improvement.
Given that it's his second offense, chances are Chavez Jr is going to be suspended for a year. Second offenses in Nevada are taken seriously, no matter the drug. This doesn't mean he can't fight in, say, Mexico, and given his WBC connections, and thus his Texas connections, it's not like he'd really have trouble getting a US license back at some point, and he probably isn't dying to fight in Nevada again at this point, so... well, we'll see. This is just BSing and speculation.
Maybe now we know why he couldn't let his hands go for for about 10 rounds.
I'm sorry, I don't mean to make light of this, really, but I'll say two things: I just can't muster outrage when fighters use marijuana, and I refuse to believe there is anything "performance enhancing" about it, unless your performance venue is watching The Great Outdoors.
Also, it's just so utterly stupid to fail a drug test for this. First of all, you know you're taking one. You know it. He knew. And he probably read on the internet about how to beat the test and was all crazy confident about it. This always amuses me.
Man, that image of Chavez Jr walking around in his underwear eating cereal while people tried to talk boxing at him on 24/7 is way more hilarious now.
And, yes, this was the first time he'd fought in Nevada since the last time he failed a drug test.