Rubio filing protest to WBC to get loss to Chavez Jr. changed to ‘No Contest’
By Dan Ambrose: In perhaps what will likely be a fruitless endeavor, middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio is looking to get his recent February 4th 12 round decision loss to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. changed to a ‘No contest’ by the World Boxing Council.
According to fightnews.com, Rubio wants the fight results overturned for the following reasons: 1. There were no drug testing conducted for the San Antonio, Texas based fight. 2. Chavez Jr’s weight went dramatically up from 159.5 the day before the fight to 181 pounds on the night of the fight.
You can’t blame Rubio for being upset about each of these things because not having drug testing done was a major, major screw-up by the Texas State Athletic Commission. Rubio, of course, has every reason in the world to be upset by that because Chavez Jr. was caught in 2009 with a diuretic in his system for a fight. Diuretics are sometimes used by fighters to lose a lot of water weight when they’re unable to make weight for a fight. So in other words, a fighter that can’t naturally make a particular weight class without badly weakening himself could in theory take a diuretic and they’d lose the water quickly and then could put it back on after the weigh-in.
The advantage of that is you could have a larger fighter fitting into a smaller weight class by being able to effortlessly take the water weight off with the help of the diuretic. Chavez Jr. weight from 159.5 to all the way up to 181 on the of the fight – a 21 pound weight gain. That’s kind of rare for fighters to put on that kind of weight after re-hydrating. It happens but it’s not something happens from time to time, but usually the fighters that do this end up weakened by the process and not getting stronger as the fight goes on. You can understand why Rubio would have concerns about the drug testing not taking place when you have Chavez Jr. putting on over 20 pounds of water weight after the weigh-in.
Unfortunately the chances of Rubio getting his wish and having the WBC overturn the decision are about zero under the best of circumstances. It’s just not going to happen. I can’t see the WBC lifting a finger to change the results of this fight or even order a rematch. The results will likely stand and Rubio will be likely be quickly forgotten about. If the WBC isn’t even going to force Chavez Jr. to fight his Sergio Martinez after ordering that Chavez Jr. had to take the fight, then you can bet that they’re not going to overturn the results due to the testing not taking place.
The WBC needs to seriously get some rules in place to prevent a fighter from bloating up 20+ pounds the that Chavez Jr. has been doing lately because that’s too big of a weight advantage for him and it puts him in the cruiserweight class when he’s facing someone. Having that kind of size advantage could lead to someone getting hurt. The WBC needs to have day of the fight weigh-in limits put on so that you don’t see fighters rehydrating to incredible weights for fights. Chavez Jr. weighed in two divisions above his weight class for the Rubio fight and I don’t blame Rubio for being upset about the fact that it happened and there was no drug tests to see if Chavez Jr. had used any tricks to make weight.
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