The Commercial Appeal

Commission reduces Chavez fine

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has slashed boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s fine over a failed drug test from $900,000 to $100,000.

Commission members took the action Friday after Chavez’s attorneys argued the excessive fine violated the boxer’s constituti­onal rights and negotiated with the panel to reduce it.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 27-year-old former WBC middleweig­ht champion did not attend the meeting.

Chavez tested positive for marijuana after his first profession­al loss in Las Vegas on Sept. 15.

He was slapped with the $900,000 fine by the commission on Feb. 28 as a repeat offender of the panel’s drug policy. Chavez had tested positive for diuretics in 2009.

He has served a nine-month suspension that was part of the original punishment and will return to the ring Sept. 7 against Brian Vera in Los Angeles.

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