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Arum Says Chavez Jr. Fine Violates The U.S. Constitution

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum claims the fine imposed on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by the Nevada State Athletic Commission - after the fighter tested positive for marijuana following his loss to Sergio “Maravilla” Marinez in a world title fight in Las Vegas last September - was “excessive.”

Arum told the BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that the fine violated the U.S  Constitution which prohibits excessive fines.

He indicated that Chavez Jr’s lawyers  will file a case  against the Nevada State Athletic Commission for what the Chavez camp considers an excessive fine.

Arum pointed out that the NSAC fined Fernando Vargas $100,000 when he was found to have used steroids when he lost to Oscar De La Hoya in 2002, but fined Chavez Jr $900,000 for smoking pot.

The Top Rank promoter took a swipe at the NSAC when he told Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal that he was not going to convince them to change because - “I have no chance. The people on the commission are not people who live in the real world. There’s no reasoning with these people. It’s a lost cause.”

In addition to the fine, the NSAC also suspended the son of the legendary Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Sr for nine months which is counted from the date of the fight.

Chavez said  he was sorry for his actions adding "I know I committed a big error. It was a mistake.” He said "I'd like to fight as soon as I can."

Chavez tested positive for another banned substance [which he used to cut weight] after his fight with Troy Rowland in Las Vegas in 2009 when he was suspended for seven months.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 03-05-2013

[QUOTE=Fetta;13110495]2nd failed test! Don't care what the 2nd time was for cause I'm smoking right now but this kid showed no respect for the sport and got off easy IMO. It seems cause he's the son of a legend he…

Comment by ddangerous on 03-05-2013

The title of thread made me :lol1:

Comment by rckdees on 03-05-2013

another, "the rules don't apply to me" scumbag bob moment......it's only weed, it's only weed! as if it wasn't on the banned list before he started training, never mind it's at least his 2nd offense.

Comment by TensionKiller on 03-05-2013

[quote=anonymous2.0] The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Is 900,000 dollars considered excessive? Percentage wise its only 30% of his reported income for…

Comment by TensionKiller on 03-05-2013

Lol at idiots acting as if 200k 11 years a go is 900k today. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

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