Explained: What happens if a World Boxing Super Series competitor fails weight?

Phil Jay 29/10/2017

One question yet to be answered surrounding the current World Boxing Super Series in the super-middleweight and cruiserweight categories is that of a fighter in the tournament failing weight.

World Boxing News quizzed the hierarchy at the WBSS in a bid to find out the situation should any one of the current semi-finalist not meet the required limit for their respective bout.

As the competition is rigid and has several world titles on the line, a boxer coming in over would seemingly complicate the format substantially.

WBSS spokesman Christian Meyer told WBN this wouldn’t be the case, though.

“If a tournament fighter fails weight he will have to pay a certain weight forfeit to his opponent,” explained Meyer. “But that’s only if he is still permitted to box by the commission, federation and is opponent.

“If he is out (due to any one of these reasons) he will be replaced by the alternate boxer who is boxing on the undercard as well.”

Reserves are set for each individual event and are at the discretion of the WBSS handlers at the given time.

For the last super-middleweight event involving Juergen Braehmer and Robert Brant, that honor fell to hard-hitting German Vincent Feigenbutz, and prior to that, was Patrick Nielsen for George Groves v Jamie Cox.

Groves faces Chris Eubank Jr. in a mouth-watering semi-final set to take place on English soil in January or February and would probably require a UK reserve to bolster interest in case the worst happens.

More will be revealed in the coming months, though, as the WBSS moves into a critical phase following much praise since launch over the summer.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay