Largest water weight cut of all time?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Kamikaze, May 22, 2021.

  1. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Bye for now! Full Member

    Oct 12, 2020
    I am talking about the amount boiled off and then regained in the ring. I'm thinking it would be in the dimensions of 30lbs?
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  2. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    I'm not sure.
    One that sticks in my memory was Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. who in his fight with Sergio Martinez weighed in at 158, but his weight in the ring was 182, which is 24 pounds heavier.
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  3. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Maybe Arturo Gatti-Joey Gamache.
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  4. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Michael Moorer must have ben pretty huge in the ring at LHW. He went from 175 to weighing in at 213 lbs the very next fight.

    Yarde looks huge. I wouldn't be surprised if he is around 200 lbs in the ring.
  5. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Does anyone know what Callum Smith weighs in the ring? He looks to be in the 190's to me.
  6. thistle

    thistle Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 21, 2016
    quite a few, hundreds in fact, either side of 20lbs for sure... but yes there will have been a good few around the 25 - 30lb mark too.
  7. 88Chris05

    88Chris05 Active Member Full Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Yeah, Chavez Jr is the largest confirmed case I can remember off the top of my head, though you have to wonder about some others who have managed to avoid having their fight night weights exposed. Chavez Jr was regularly around 181, 182 after squeezing down to 160 or lower for the weigh ins back in the day.

    Not sure if any figures exist, but I'd be interested to know what Joe Smith Jr weighs on fight nights. Fair enough, Bivol isn't a particularly big Light-Heavy and could probably make 168 if he wanted, but the size difference between him and Smith in the ring looked very considerable.
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  8. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Toney took off a big chunk for Roy. Before fighters were really good at it, too.
  9. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    LaMotta eat ice cubes when he was making Middleweight
  10. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    I think a weigh-in before each fight should be mandatory, it gives us a better impression on the fight and really highlights the heroics by certain fighters.

    For instance, I bet Loma was at least a weight division heavier than Lomachenko when they fought.
  11. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    Chavez JR and Danny Jacob's are the two that come to mind. Both would cut to 160 and be in the 180's on fight night.

    On another note, the gym I go to now has mostly MMA guys and there are two in particular that rehydrate 20 plus pounds. One guy walks around at 210 trains down to 185 then cuts to make 170. He rehydrated to the 190's on fight night.
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  12. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    When Archie Moore was regularly bouncing between heavyweight and light heavyweight ... he used to cut weight to get down to light heavyweight for the occasional defense by chewing his food ... and then spitting it out instead of swallowing it.

    He said you got all the nutrients that way.
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  13. Rafaman

    Rafaman Active Member Full Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    This relates to weight cuts but previously the Nevada Sport commission allowed the use of IVs. Uriah Faber a UFC fighter says he commonly cut 21 pounds to make weight late in his career. He said right after the weigh-in that he would need 2 full IV bags to re-hydrate. I wonder if thus also applies to boxers. I do know that ODLH used one IV bag after the Pacman weighin.
  14. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    IV bags make sense.
    As far as I'm aware, a person can't just gulp down a gallon of water straight after the weigh-in or it could actually make them sick.
    The IV is drip fed obviously, so initially it's the safest way to get the electrolytes back in.
    I wouldn't be surprised if a lot don't use diuretics either, to cut weight that fast. It's not one of the techniques ever discussed, but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
    Whatever exactly they are doing, they've got it down to a science now.
  15. Jpreisser

    Jpreisser Active Member Full Member

    Jan 29, 2015
    The most I have heard about is Gerald McClellan in the rematch with Julian Jackson. Allegedly, he weighed in at 160 on the scales and then came into the ring at 198.