The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for nine months and fined him $900,000 for testing positive for marijuana.
Chavez Jr tested positive after his WBC middleweight title fight with Sergio Martinez in September, 2012.
Members of the NSAC questioned Chavez, who was speaking by telephone from Mexico due to visa problems, before deciding on the punishment.
The heavy fine sends a clear message to anyone who fights in the State of Nevada that the taking of drugs will not be tolerated. The $900,000 fine is 30% of the purse Chavez Jr was paid for his middleweight title loss to Martinez.
Chavez Jr, who will not be licensed to fight in Nevada until June 15, must also test clean before his next fight.
March 1, 2013