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Chavez Jr eyeing Duddy after ban

JULIO Cesar Chavez Jr will return from a seven-month suspension in June and his first opponent may be Derry's John Duddy said the Mexican's co-promoter, Fernando Beltran.

Chavez, son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, has been sidelined since he tested positive for a diuretic drug following his points win over Troy Rowland last November.

Along with the suspension, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed him a fine of $10,000 and the result of the fight was changed to a no decision.

Chavez, rated No1 contender for the WBC light-middleweight title and un-beaten in 42 contests, admitted taking the drug, which causes the body to get rid of excess water, to reduce weight.

A week before the Rowland bout, he felt dizzy during training and went to hospital. He was kept in for 12 hours, during which time medical staff pumped glucose and vitamins into his body.

After being released from hospital he was concerned about making the weight for the fight, so his personal doctor prescribed the diuretic.

"I did everything the doctor told me to do," said Chavez. "I had complete trust in him and in what he was giving me. "I would take a lot of stuff from him without asking. It was very embarrassing to me when my test came back positive. I have a clean image and I have a family name also with a clean image in the sport."