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september 20, 2012 • 05:20 PM

Martinez on Chavez doping: “I hope it’s a misunderstanding"

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When he wasn’t training for training for his title fight against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. this summer, Sergio Martinez spent most of the time badmouthing his Mexican rival. But less than a week after defeating Chavez to take the title from the Mexican, Martinez had kinder words for his rival in light of a reported failed drug test following the fight.

“I hope it was a misunderstanding,” Martinez said, in response to a question about Chavez testing positive for marijuana.

“I hope that if they re-test him it gives a negative result, and that it doesn’t affect a future rematch,” he added.

Still, Martinez said that anytime there was a failed drug test it was a black-eye for the sport.

“It’s very sad when an athlete tests positive for doping, whatever it is he has consumed. We have to set an example,” he said.

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