WBC fines Chavez $10K for failed drug test
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be fined $10,000 and asked to attend a rehabilitation center after failing a post-fight drug test, the World Boxing Council (WBC) said Wednesday.
In a statement given to Boxing Scene, WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman said that after consulting with the Board of Governors, “we have decided to fine (Chavez) $10,000.” [http://www.boxingscene.com/wbc-fines-chavez-jr-10k-asks-him-enter-rehab--57519
“That money will be donated to an institution for children who suffer from cancer,” he added.
Chavez failed a drug test administered after his unanimous decision loss to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez last September 15 in Las Vegas. He tested positive for marijuana.
The Mexican boxer has since apologized, saying that he is “totally responsible for my actions, as well as the consequences thereof.”
“I want to apologize to all the people who felt offended by my actions. I made them, and only I should face the consequences,” Chavez said.
Sulaiman said the WBC accepted Chavez’s apology “as a declaration of guilt and repentance.”
The WBC will also ask Chavez “to attend a rehabilitation center and want official confirmation that he is so doing.”
“The WBC will open its doors once again to him, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The WBC won’t suspend Julio Cesar for an undefined time, because that is not going to help him,” Sulaiman said.
“The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises,” he added.
The WBC also acknowledged the “outstanding goodwill and chivalry” of Martinez and his camp, noting that they have “taken a noble stand” in the situation.