When Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test following his middleweight title-fight loss to Sergio Martinez last September, there was outcry when the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a whopping $900,000, to go along with suspending him nine months.
Marijuana is not going to help a fighter in the ring like steroids, many bellowed. And the fine was nearly a third of his $3 million purse. On Friday, the commission reduced the fine to $100,000.
An Associated Press story said Chavez’s lawyers argued that the large fine violated Chavez’s constitutional rights. ESPN.com reported that Chavez’s lawyers had been preparing a lawsuit against the commission because of the fine.
Chavez was looked upon as a repeat offender by the commission because he tested positive for diuretics in 2009.
Gennady Golovkin not only retained his middleweight title, he might have moved a step closer to a fight with the fellow champion Sergio Martinez, thanks to a spectacular third-round knockout of Matthew Macklin on Saturday in Mashantucket, Conn.
Golovkin decked Macklin (29-5) with a left hook to the body midway through the third. Macklin seemed to let out a scream as he went down, grimacing in pain. He did not come close to getting up and beating the count, and was counted out at 1:22.
With a record of 27-0 with 24 knockouts, Golovkin now has a knockout ratio of 88.8 percent. He is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his sprawling gym in Big Bear.
Macklin, of England, said during a post-fight interview on HBO that Golovkin is definitely the best fighter he’s ever faced, and Macklin in March 2012 went 11 rounds with Martinez – even decking Martinez – before Martinez stopped him after the 11th.
Golovkin, 31, is from Kazakhstan. He cut Macklin in the second round over the left eye.
Sergio Martinez, one of the middleweight world champions, likely won’t fight for the rest of this year because of injuries sustained in his title defense against Martin Murray this past Saturday, his promoter told ESPN.com.
Martinez retained his belt with a unanimous decision over Murray, of England, in Martinez’s native Argentina. Promoter Lou DiBella said Martinez came out of it with an injured right knee, a broken left hand and a cut over his left eye.
“He’s probably out for the rest of the year,” DiBella told ESPN.com. “I just can’t see him returning this year. He probably needs another surgery to remove scar tissue from the knee and he needs more time to rehab it than he gave it after the Chavez fight.”
Martinez suffered an injury to the same knee in his victory over then-middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September 2012 in Las Vegas.
From a variety of reports, it sounds like middleweight champion Sergio Matinez had all he could handle in England’s Martin Murray in their title fight Saturday in Martinez’s native Argentina.
Martinez won by three scores of 115-112, but he was knocked down in the eighth round. According to an Associated Press story on the fight, knockdowns of Martinez could have been counted in the 10th and 11th rounds, but were ruled slips by referee Massimo Barrovechio.
Martinez, 38, is 51-2-2. Murray, 30, is 25-1-1.