Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana after his lost by unanimous decision to Sergio Martinez on September 15th. So the WBC Board of Governors fined him $20,000 and he will be suspended indefinitely.
Chavez definitely deserves the punishment for his actions. Equally important, he tested positive for the banned substance furosemide a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent for steroids or to cut weight. He took it before his fight against Troy Rowland in November 2009.
He let his fans and himself down by taking marijuana before the biggest bout of his career against Martinez. I expected to see Chavez fight ferociously like he did in his bouts against Andy Lee and Sebastian Zbik. But, instead he looked lethargic in the boxing match except in the last round of the fight.
There were rumors throughout his training camp that he was not training properly. Likewise, his trainer
Freddie Roach, his dad Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and promoter Bob Arum all criticized Chavez for the way he trains for fights. And Roach said that Chavez Sr. was so upset by his son's training habits that he left camp twice.
Chavez needs to stop being stubborn and he should listen to his dad and Roach. Likewise, he should quit his bad habit of training for bouts in his living room. The best way for him to train is to follow the methods of great boxers by training in the boxing gym. He also should stop trying to take any shortcuts because the path to a great boxing career requires an immense amount of hard work and discipline.
However, Chavez seems to be going in the right direction because he is taking responsibilities for his actions. "I want to apologize to all the people who felt offended by my actions. I made them, and only I should face the consequences," said Chavez.
He is a very talented fighter. He has a strong chin like his dad and tremendous punching power. Chavez just needs to focus on truly committing himself to the sport of boxing. If he trains harder than he will get the most out of his talent and fighting ability.
Chavez is just 26 years old so he has time to make adjustments on his training habits and fighting style. And if he really gives his all to the sport than maybe one day he can become a Mexican boxing legend like his father.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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