Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prior to his official hearing for testing positive for marijuana. The boxer is expected to face the NSAC at the end of Oct. and could receive more fines. Chavez Jr. has already been suspended by the WBC, fined $20,000 and ordered to enter rehab. However, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is rumored to be unfazed by the latest consequence of his positive drug test and is allegedly planning to move to the super middleweight division.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Suspends Chavez Jr.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Chavez Jr. while the investigation continues, and more penalties are expected to be added at his official hearing. The formality from NSAC follows the WBC's prior $20,000 fine and suspension. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could face a suspension that lasts 6 months to a year with an additional heavy fine. It is possible that his previous positive drug test for a diuretic could lead to more severe penalties.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s Plans for the Next Fight
The suspensions from the WBC and NSAC have not had a strong impact on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because he is allegedly planning his next fight and a move to the super middleweight division. His decision seems to hinge on Sergio Martinez's willingness to do a rematch next year. If Martinez refuses the rematch, then Chavez Jr. is more likely to try to change divisions.
Chavez Jr. is rumored to be interested in fighting Andre Ward, so he is willing to change to 168 pounds. He has explained the possible move by claiming, "I would like the rematch, I think [it] would be a good fight. If not, I'll go up to 168, and there I'll develop to my full potential and I will be physically complete." Chavez has not specifically mentioned Ward in any of his recent interviews, but he seems to be the most likely candidate. The weight change should not be difficult for him because it frequently fluctuates and is the reason he has been linked to diuretics in the past.
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