MANILA, Philippines – Former world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico has apologized for failing a drug test following his unanimous decision loss to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez last September 15.
It was reported that Chavez failed the post-fight drug test, and it was later confirmed that the Mexican prodigy tested positive for marijuana.
“Any explanation or justification that I can attempt to provide about the recent developments will not be enough or not convincing, so I want to make it known to everyone that I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences thereof,” Chavez said in a statement released to Boxing Scene.
“I want to apologize to all of those who are disappointed or aggrieved by my behavior,” he added. “Only I know the cause and only I will take responsibility.”
“In contrast, I can say that I will emerge strong from these events and I will vindicate my image in society.”
Chavez, the son of Mexico’s legendary fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., suffered the first loss of his career at the hands of Martinez.
For 11 rounds, Martinez thoroughly dismantled Chavez, before the Mexican mounted a last ditch effort in the 12th round which led to Martinez getting knockdown. The Argentinian recovered, however, and hung on for a wide points victory.
The loss, combined with the failed drug test, “generates an environment conducive to stopping and thinking about the future,” Chavez said.
“Now it is time to create the new Julio Cesar Chavez, to begin a stage to restore my career. I will prepare myself physically and mentally, to achieve new goals in the short term,” he added.
Chavez said he is still aiming for a rematch against Martinez.
It is not yet clear what sanction will be imposed on Chavez by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.