March 12th, 2014 By RingTalkGREG SIRB TELLING IT LIKE IT IS
Philadelphia, PA- This past Saturday the weigh-in for the Orlando Salido-Vasyl Lomachenko bout was a “classic” example of what is horribly wrong with the current weigh-in procedures. Most people in boxing know that I think the day-before weigh-ins are a JOKE. But everyone seems to agree that this is how it should be. So I really feel that we should at least agree on a “mandatory” second weigh-in in the AM on the day of the fight. For the past (10) years Pennsylvania and most recently the IBF have mandated a second day weigh-in – currently stating that no boxer can gain more than 10-lbs at this second weigh-in. By using this procedure it keeps both boxers weight gain in check.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DOES “AVERAGE FIGHTER” GAIN?
My statistics have shown that the average weight gain is about 6.4 pounds. (most boxers gain between 5-7.5lbs) Without a second day weigh in there will be more and more abuses to the current system – what Salido did on Saturday night was disgraceful and the bottom line is he really did not suffer too many consequences. He does not win the belt and I am sure was fined a certain amount of money but in the long run he gets the WIN and by virtue of this win he could get rank and be in line for another title shot by another ranking organization. So by missing weight and clearly having a weight/size advantage in his bout Salido really come out of this OK – and that is what bothers me.
SIRB’S PROPOSAL TO ASSN. OF BOXING COMMISSIONS
The ABC Unified Rules should be changed to state: Any title bout that has a day before weigh-in must conduct a second weigh in no later than 10 am on the day of the event. The weight gain for this second weigh-in shall be limited to a maximum of 10 pounds. (Some have suggested using a sliding scale for this second day weigh-in such as under 135 shall gain no more than 5 pounds
– 136 to 154 no more than a 7 pound gain – over 154 -10-pound gain) – I am open to this suggestion. (Second-day weigh-in shall not apply to the Cruiser and Heavy weight divisions)
MY RECORDS REGARDING WEIGHT ABUSE
In the past (10) years I have had only (5) Boxers weigh over the 10-lb limit. In each occasion these boxers were given the same 3-hour time frame to make the weight (same procedure as the day before weigh-in)- in each case the Boxer easily made the 10-lb weight limit within an hour. I really believe that if the Boxers know well in advance that they are required to make a second day weigh in they will “monitor” their weight gain and watch what they eat.
Pennsylvania Athletic Commission