Even With Contract, Chavez-Jacobs In Trouble
Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr have signed a contract to fight on December 20th, but one thing can stand in the way.
Back in October, Chavez Jr allegedly evaded VADA testers, who were looking to test the former middleweight champion prior to the fight’s announcement.
Per Jacobs’ promoter Eddie Hearn, Chavez Jr was not contracted to fight Jacobs when the VADA issue took place, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended him.
With that issue at the forefront, the fight which was supposed to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will now take place under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Boxing and MMA commission as the two will fight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
Discussing the drug testing issue with Boxing Scene, Hearn explained if a similar situation happens again with Chavez, he will be pulled from the card.
“Yeah, because he hadn’t signed up for any contracts for any testing,” Hearn said last week. “And these people turned up at his door to test him. So, he said, ‘I’m not doing it.’ He’s fully signed up to all drug-testing agencies for this fight with the [Arizona] commission. So, you’ll find out. Do you know what I mean? Like, if he skips a test, he’s out of the fight because he signed for the fight. He hadn’t signed for the fight then. And this guy’s extremely paranoid, by the way, because his career has been tainted by his own problems.”
“Gabriel Rosado is on the undercard, and he’s standing by to fight either man if someone pulls out,” Hearn said.
“And one of the Mexican journalists says, ‘Well, that’s a bit disrespectful to Chavez.’ No, I said, ‘Chavez, he’s up and down. He can be unreliable. He’s in a great place right now. He’s training very hard. You saw him today. He’s in good shape. If he would’ve turned up heavy and then you have a problem.’ He’s in good shape. You see on Instagram – he’s in good shape. Unquestionably, he’s in good shape.”
Quotes: Boxing Scene