Chavez Jr faces drugs ban

  • Last Updated: September 20 2012, 8:06 BST

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr could lose his $3m purse after testing positive for marijuana following last weekend's points loss against Sergio Martinez.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: Failed drugs test

Chavez Jr, son of the Mexican boxing legend, lost his WBC middleweight title despite dropping Martinez in the last round in Las Vegas, but his first defeat could be even more painful if Nevada boxing chiefs take severe action.

"Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will have the opportunity to explain the situation to the Nevada State Athletic Commission," said a spokesman for Top Rank, who promote the fighter.

Nevada commission executive Keith Kizer wouldn't immediately provide the name, but said only one of 32 fighters who took part in bouts at two Las Vegas venues last Saturday tested positive for a banned substance.

Chavez Jr is no stranger to controversy as he was suspended for seven months after testing positive for a banned diuretic after his 2009 win over Troy Rowlands, which was changed to a no-contest.

He was arrested on drink driving charges in January and struggled to make weight for a championship bout in February against Marco Antonio Rubio.