Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31KOs) has been given a 90-day administrative suspension issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after testing positive for Marijuana.
Arreola’s controversial split decision victory over Travis Kauffman in December has now been changed to a no-decision.
Since Arreola’s suspension is retroactive, he will be able to resume training again on March 12th this year and with no bouts scheduled during that time, the ruling will do little except sway public opinion of Arreola.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Henry Ramirez, Arreola’s trainer, said “I found out about this [Monday], and I’m very disappointed,” Ramirez went on to say. “It’s extremely frustrating. The fight with Kauffman was a good win for Chris. It was a close fight, an entertaining fight, and now to have the win changed to a no-decision — the second time this has happened — is a big disappointment.”
Whilst this suspension may not hinder his career too much, “The Nightmare” certainly faces a tough climb if he wants to get another title shot. His career has been somewhat stagnant since losing twice to Bermane Stiverne in 2013 and 2014 and Arreola will really need to up his game if he wants to succeed in a resurgent heavyweight division.