Boxer and former middleweight titlist, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., has once again gotten himself into trouble with his use of drugs.
Last week, Chavez tested positive for marijuana, but this is not the first time he has been in trouble, and not even the first time this year. In January, just two weeks before he won a San Antonio bout against Marco Antonio Rubio, Chavez was arrested on a DUI charge in Los Angeles. In June he reached a plea deal in the case and was given three years of probation.
Also, in 2009, Chavez tested positive for Furosemide, which is typically used as a diuretic to cut weight before a weigh-in or to hide steroid use. The boxer was subsequently suspended for seven months and fined $10,000.
Because the most recent failed drug test is his second, the Nevada State Athletic Commission may suspend the boxer for one year and he could lose as much as all of the $3 million payout he won on September 15 against Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.
Over the weekend, Chavez took to Twitter saying, “Any attempt to explain or justify the recent developments will be of little or no convincing, so I want to let everybody know that I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences thereof.”
In a statement her went on to say:
I apologize to all those who are disappointed or aggrieved by my behavior. I alone know the causes (for the failed drug test) and it is for me alone to confront them. In contrast, I can say that I will emerge stronger from these events and I shall endeavor to vindicate my personal image.
Everything that happened makes this a perfect time to stop and think about the future. Now it is time for a new Julio Cesar Chavez to be born and I will begin a period in my career that will prepare me physically and mentally to achieve new goals, including, in the short term, a rematch with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez. I take this opportunity to thank everybody for all of the support that I have received and I also recognize all of those who have sent me messages of any kind.