Superstar pro boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been suspended indefinitely from boxing for refusing to be tested for drugs after the fight moved from the ring to the courtroom, reports EssentiallySports.com.
The 34-year-old Mexican champ’s suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and the Arizona Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission stemmed from an incident in October 2019 in which Chavez declined to submit to a random drug test for a fight against Daniel Jacobs. This week, a judge agreed that the suspension was lawful.
“The Court finds that under the current Nevada regulatory and statutory scheme, the NSAC lawfully exercised both initial jurisdiction and lawfully retained jurisdiction over Plaintiff in continuing disciplinary actions against Plaintiff, for Plaintiff’s failure to submit to a random drug test prior to a “Boxing Contest” scheduled in Nevada, which ended up being canceled in Nevada, relocated to a different State, and ultimately took place in different State,” Clark County District Court Judge Jim Crockett wrote, as reported by BoxingScene.com.
The decision bars the fighter from participating in any fights in the U.S., as well as those operating under the jurisdiction of the Association of Boxing Commissions. Chavez’s legal team has appealed the decision.
The son of boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has attempted to maneuver his way around the ruling in some rather creative ways. Chavez Jr. filed a temporary restraining order in December 2019 so he could circumvent regulations and attempt to participate in a previously-scheduled fight against Daniel Jacobs in Phoenix, which was relocated from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the request of Matchroom Boxing USA promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Right now, what’s going to happen is the commission will take a look at his suspension, and then continue his suspension, and then set a date for the