Chavez Jr. Suing to Keep Jacobs Fight

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. filed a lawsuit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Dec. 2 with the District Court of Clark County, Nevada.

Chavez is hoping to maintain his scheduled December 20 super middleweight fight with former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in Phoenix, Arizona. A suspension of Chavez by the NSAC is potentially jeopardizing that fight.

Chavez aims to receive declaratory relief from said suspension and is seeking an injunction that will ensure the fight goes on as planned.

The fight was originally targeted for Nevada, but the NSAC wanted to test Chavez based on two prior failed tests, one in 2009 and one in 2012. Chavez refused the test. Allegedly, Chavez fled from testers who arrived at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California not long after his comeback fight this summer.

Matchroom Boxing relocated the event to Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena, and the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission approved of the bout on Nov. 13 — under the condition that Chavez still submits to random drug testing. But when the NSAC extend its temporary suspension of Chavez, plans of the fight became at risk once again.

Representatives for Chavez Jr feel the order to have him tested was unfounded due to their lack of jurisdiction over the fighter, who was lacking a license from the state or an active Federal Boxing ID.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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