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WBC plans to support Julio Cesar Chavez Jr if Nevada suspension is deemed unfair

The WBC says they'll back Julio Cesar Chavez Jr if they believe the Nevada State Athletic Commission's punishment for a failed drug test is too harsh.

Jeff Bottari

If the World Boxing Council (WBC) deems that a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is unfair, they'll back the fighter carrying on his career elsewhere, likely in Mexico, in order to get him back into the ring sooner.

Chavez failed a post-fight drug test, which came back positive for marijuana following his defeat against Sergio Martinez on September 15. The commission still has not handed down any official ruling, but nine months to one year is what most expected to happen.

In a report from Miguel Rivera at, Jose Sulaiman had this to say:

"Nevada can only prevent him from fighting in Nevada. They can not stop him from fighting somewhere else. Perhaps some of the U.S. states will respect the sanction of Nevada. ... But if they are going to want money and hand down a long suspension - we are not going to accept that and we will allow Julio to fight."

Whatever "beef" there was between Sulaiman and Chavez has apparently melted away, as the WBC is anxious to get their favorite godson back in the ring soon. Chavez wants to return in May, which might be possible, and then set up a rematch with Martinez, which seems all but guaranteed for later this year.

It's not exactly surprising that the WBC is looking to again coddle Chavez, who also failed a drug test in Nevada back in 2009, a case the WBC treated as if Chavez had some life-threatening disorder of some kind.

If Nevada hands down a punishment that the sanctioning body deems unfair, and Chavez does fight in Mexico while suspended in Nevada, it probably won't help his case in the long run, but Chavez is also a fighter who can bring serious money into Vegas now, so it's probably a fairly safe bet that one way or another, the whole thing will play out fairly painlessly for all involved. Also, considering the offense, I don't personally see any good reason to suspend him any longer than six months, dated back to September, which would have him cleared by May.

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