Weight limits should mean exactly that
By Steven Ocallaghan: After last weekends results a lot of the conversations I’ve had with other boxing fans is the weight issue. In my mind a weight limit is a weight limit. Julie Cesar Chavez Junior at the weekend was easily between 180-185lbs when he stepped through the ropes to face a proper middleweight in the classy Sergio Martinez. If he weighed at 180 on fight night then how can he be a middleweight.
A couple of weeks ago Chad Dawson stripped down to 168 to face Andre Ward. It was probably one of Dawson’s worst ever performances.
A fighter should be at his strongest come fight night and Chavez Jr. was by no means at his strongest. If your not fighting at your strongest your not going to win.
Manny Paquiao is a master at picking weights. Manny, I don’t think has ever had to cut weight for any fight as he’s constantly moved up. Miguel Cotto looked a shadow of himself when he fought Paquiao, you could see the difference when he fought Floyd Mayweather.
Oscar De La Hoya cut a lot of weight when he fought Paquiao and you could see the disastrous result of that, especially as how close he ran Floyd Mayweather in his previous fight.
Whatever the weight limit is, when a fighter climbs through the ropes he shouldn’t be above that weight. How can a fighter weigh 180 on fight night when the limit is 160? How can that be a proper middleweight contest?
The only solution isa weigh in on fight night. If he doesn’t make weight then his opponent should have the choice as wether the contest goes ahead.
A few weeks ago Adrien Broner failed twice to make the required weight. Escobedo made the required weight and agreed to fight Broner. His choice, and was soundly knocked out by the bigger heavier guy.