If we were to make a list of fighters who clearly don’t take their careers seriously, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would probably be ranked pound-for-pound franchise champion.
Sources have been informing Mike Coppinger that Chavez Jr. has just been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for “evading VADA collectors at his Studio City home last week.” Chavez Jr. had been slated to take on Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas on Dec. 20, but now there are serious questions if that fight is going to take place at all.
Sources: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. temporarily suspended by Nevada commission after evading VADA collectors at his Studio City home last week. He declined drug test and faces a hearing with commission on Nov. 20. Fight with Daniel Jacobs, slated for Dec. 20 in Vegas, in jeopardy— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 31, 2019
Coppinger would later report that if the Jacobs-Chavez Jr. happens at all, it will no longer be happening in Las Vegas because Chavez’s scheduled hearing is too close to the fight date itself. And if Chavez remains suspended by the Nevada commission, there’s a good chance he might not get licensed in another state.
The working theory is that should Jacobs-Chavez Jr. completely fall apart, which is looking quite likely, Gabe Rosado (24-12-1, 14 KOs) could step in to face Jacobs as a substitute opponent.
Chavez Jr. (51-3-1, 33 KOs) is coming off a tune-up fight in August prior to a two-year hiatus following a dismal showing against fellow countryman Canelo Alvarez in May 2017. Of course Chavez Jr.’s lack of discipline, focus, dedication, sacrifice — you know, all the things it takes to be successful in this sport — has been well documented long before that, but probably best highlighted by his HBO 24/7 series as he was gearing up to face Sergio Martinez in 2012.