By Jose Luis Camarillo, notifight.com
Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, the co-promoter of middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32KOs), believes the boxer's tea may have had marijuana as one of the ingredients. During his camp, Chavez was givena special tea to deal with his insomnia problem. Chavez failed a post-fight drug test in the aftermath of Saturday's twelve round decision loss to Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas. The boxer's drug test came up positive for marijuana.
Beltran reminds everyone that on July 19, the Nevada State Athletic Commission performed a "surprise drug test" on both Chavez and Martinez, and both came out clean. Chavez and his team are having a second urine sample tested to verify the result of the first.
"I think the life of Julio Jr. has always been uphill, a lot of suffering. He has always been affected by insomnia and I heard that someone was preparing a tea for his sleep. [Marijauana] gives no you no type of advantage over your adversaries," Beltran said.
"Chavez is not a cheater. If the second sample comes out positive for marijuana, he will have the opportunity to provide an explanation [to the Nevada Commission]. Everyone knows from [HBO's] 24/7 that Julio trains in the early mornings and it is important that fans clearly realize that [using marijuana] does not give you an advantage but rather a disadvantage....it is not an anabolic steroid."
"We have to see how the second sample [comes out], and then we, along with Top Rank, will issue a press release. We can not speculate. We must wait for a decision from Nevada. I think that instead of going to crucify someone, we should medically investigate. When Julio failed a test for a weight loss diuretic, it gave him no advantage.....it is clear that he did not cheat or act in bad faith. Both substances (furosemide and marijuana) take away your possibilities rather than increase the chances for success. "