Leading organisations meet to discuss dangers of weight cutting
Representatives from the major boxing organisations, along with top trainers and personnel from the sport met up last week to go over the finer points of weight cutting.
In a bid to make the sport safer, the likes of WBC and IBO Presidents Mauricio Sulaiman and Ed Levine, plus IBF and WBO heads Darryll Peoples and Paco Valcarcel chewed over one of the hot topics in boxing right now.
On the back of several high profile weight failures, those relevant leaders who can make a big difference have agreed to come together in a bid to ease the suffering of boxers boiling down their poundage.
Speaking to WBN on what transpired, Mr. Levine of the IBO was happy with how things went down.
“It was a very valuable and informative conference. Hopefully, it will lead to improvements to better protect the health of the fighters,” Levine exclusively told World Boxing News.
A lot was discussed regarding the problem in MMA with participants being drained on the day of the fight, although boxing has also had its fair share of problems.
Just hours after the meeting, UFC fighter Yoel Romero missed weight for his high-profile fight before Australian Jeff Horn took three attempts to make weight for the Terence Crawford world title clash and was subsequently beaten to a pulp for nine rounds.
Horn lost HALF A POUND in just 45 minutes, according to the scales, which shocked all witnessing the event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Prior to the summit, the likes of Daigo Higa and Gervonta Davis had been victims of the weigh-in, whilst former world champions Lee Selby and Jamie McDonnell both lost their titles as a direct result of staying at a lower weight too long.
Bigger fighters attempting to fight at smaller weights has long been a problem, although the number of weight categories may not be helpful, especially from 105 to 140 pounds.
Hopefully a long-term solution can be found for what is an ongoing situation, with the governing bodies planning further action in the near future.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay