Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. probably figured that things couldn’t possibly get any worse after Sergio Martinez handed him the first professional loss of his career.
If he did, he was wrong.
On Wednesday it was announced that on top of losing to Martinez, Chavez also tested positive for marijuana after the fight.
"Julio César Chávez Jr. will have the opportunity to explain the situation to the Nevada State Athletic Commission," Top Rank Inc. spokesman Lee Samuels said in a statement (via Fox News).
According to some reports, Chavez now runs the risk of being stripped of the $3 million purse he got for his trouble on Saturday. Beyond that, he might also be suspended for up to a year.
There is no word yet on how this will impact talks regarding a possible Martinez-Chavez rematch. On their first go-round four days ago, Martinez absolutely dominated his opponent for 11 rounds before suddenly getting destroyed by Chavez in the 12th.
For a few tense seconds there it actually looked as though Martinez might actually get KOed. Fortunately, he was able to survive for the duration of the fight and the match got ruled 118-109, 118-109 and 117-110 in his favor.
Stay tuned, the fallout from this situation will impact a lot of fighters, not just Chavez and Martinez.
(Kudos Fox News)