Julio Chavez Jr. suspended for nine months and fined $900,000

The Nevada State Athletic Commission have handed down sanctions to former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for submitting a positive drugs test for marijuana in the wake of his match-up with Sergio Martinez.

The 27 year-old, who lost his 48-fight unbeaten run to ‘Maravilla’ in Las Vegas last September, had his case argued at a hearing today in Nevada and has been fined 30% of his $3million purse, along with receiving a nine-month suspension.

Chavez’s career has been on hold since the discovery of the illegal substance five months ago and the Mexican has been hit hard in the pocket for what seems to have been a massive error in judgement on his part.

There had been huge calls for a rematch with Martinez following the pair’s exciting final round at the Thomas and Mack Center, although Englishman Martin Murray is now lined up to face the title holder in April whilst Chavez Jr. serves his ban.