Chavez Jr Still In NSAC Battle Days From Fight
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is set to fight Daniel Jacobs this weekend in Arizona, but an issue with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is still hanging over him.
There is an on-going court battle between Chavez and the NSAC and their executive director Bob Bennett, with the next hearing set for December 17th, as Chavez Jr looks for declaratory relief from a temporary suspension handed down by the commission last month.
Chavez Jr and his team claimed that his constitutional rights were violated by the suspension that came after his refusal to comply with a drug test before his fight with Jacobs was announced.
The Nevada Attorney General’s office has filed an opposition to Chavez’s attempt at a temporary restraining order that can move the matter from state court to federal court.
“Plaintiff contends that NSAC lacked jurisdiction over him at the time Plaintiff was requested to take the PED test, such that he could not be temporarily suspended for his refusal to do so,” notes Aaron D. Ford, attorney general for the state of Nevada. “Because NSAC did have jurisdiction, Plaintiff is unlikely to succeed on the merits, which further warrant denying the Motion.”
The case will be held hours before a scheduled pre-fight press conference in Phoenix and one day before a hearing of the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, which will judge whether or not Chavez will be able to fight on Friday against Jacobs.
The ABMC allowed for the fight on the condition that Chavez Jr would submit to random drug tests, which was agreed upon at a hearing on November 13th.
“NSAC has jurisdiction over all contestants of a contest that is to be held in Nevada, regardless of whether the contestant has been licensed,” noted AG Ford in defending its grounds to order Chavez Jr. to submit to random drug testing, regardless of his licensure status at the time. “Plaintiff was such a contestant at the time NSAC requested he submits to a PED test and therefore was under NSAC’s jurisdiction.”
If Chavez Jr is pulled from the card, he will be replaced by Gabriel Rosado, who has a fight at super middleweight on the card but has been the insurance policy in-case Chavez Jr if something happened to the former middleweight world champion.
Report: Boxing Scene