Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has taken a lot of heat for testing positive for marijuana after his Sept. 15 fight against Sergio Martinez.
Chavez Jr. issued an apology shortly after news of his failed post-fight drug test broke, but he didn't really go into details about his marijuana consumption. He finally opened up during a recent TV interview, and his version of events is interesting to say the least.
"I'm not a drug addict, I have never smoked marijuana," Chavez Jr. said. "For years I have had insomnia, so I went to the doctor and he prescribed some drops for me that contained cannabis. I stopped taking them before the fight with 'Maravilla' Martinez, and I didn't think I was going to test positive."
Chavev Jr. had one of his the worst performances of his boxing career against Martinez, getting outclassed for 11 rounds before finally letting his hands go in the final round. It ended up costing him the WBC middleweight title.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has already handed down their judgment for Chavez' positive drug test: suspending him indefinitely, issuing a $20,000 fine, and ordering the Mexican into a drug rehabilitation program. The suspension will be lifted once Chavez Jr. completes his stint in rehab.
I personally feel that the WBC is being lenient on Chavez -- which isn't a bad thing, considering the fact marijuana really isn't a performance enhancing drug -- but JC Jr. wasn't pleased with their ruling.
"I do not condone what the World Boxing Council said, about their desire to send me to rehab," Chavez Jr. added. "That's for drug addicts, and I'm not. The Council has not even seen me. How can they say that?"
It's statements like these that make it hard for many hardcore boxing fans to embrace Chavez Jr. Even when it's obvious he's receiving preferential treatment from the WBC, he still has the gall to complain about the silliest things.
Chavez Jr. still has to deal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and I'm sure they won't be as indulgent as the WBC.
What do you think guys, was Chavez Jr. sparking up spliffs? Or do you believe his story?
Miguel Rivera, "Chavez Jr. Explains Positive Result, Roach's Role, WBC"
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