May 18, 2016

It was early in the morning on May 8, the fight day of the IBF junior flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi to defend his belt against Mexican challenger Martin Tecuapetla at night in Tokyo, Japan. On the previous day both were successful in the official weigh-in: Yaegashi 107.5, while Tecuapetla 107.75?under the 108-pound class limit. They were ready to make the gSecond Day Weigh-inh (as called in the IBF rules and regulations) at 8 am at the Japan Boxing Commissionfs office.

Each was a small boxer?Yaegashi only 5f3h and Tecuapetla 5f4h. They were allowed to gain the weight?up to ten (10) pounds over the class limit?at the point of the Second Day Weigh-in on the next morning.

The IBFfs regulation on the second weigh-in is as follows: The junior flyweight contestants in quest of the IBF 108-pound belt should be less than ten (10) pounds over the junior flyweight limit?under the 118-pound guideline?at the second weigh-in. Yaegashi scaled in again at 53.0 kg (116.75 pounds), 8.75 pounds over the class limit; while Tecuapetla at 52.8 kg (116.25 pounds), 8.25 pounds over the limit. Even such small contestants raised the weight by more than eight pounds with food ingestion and water/liquid intake, having passed a night.

This reporter carefully reviewed the 1.B. gTiming of Second Day Weigh-inh of the IBF rules and regulations, which says as follows:

gThere shall be a second weigh-in between 8 AM and 10 AM on the morning of the event, unless otherwise approved by the IBF/USBA. At this weigh-in, boxers cannot weigh more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit. If a boxer weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, he will have two (2) hors thereafter to make the prescribed weight.h

At the second weigh-in this reporter truly realized that Yaegashi and Tecuapetla were so small and light. A serious question then occurred to me, gWhey is this guideline of the second weigh-in ten (10) pounds even for boxers much bigger and heavier than Yaegashi?h

Should the IBF rules and regulations be more logical, it should have set up the guideline of the second day weigh-in according to the class limits in the respective categories. The IBF can see the smallness of the 105-pound champ Jose Argumedo and 108-pound kingpin Akira Yaegashi, while the IBF cruiserweight (200 lbs) titleholder Victor Ramirez, the heaviest IBF champion under the class limit except for the weight-limitless heavyweight titlist, who is nearly twice as heavy as Argumedo or Yaegashi. But the guideline of the second weigh-in is just the SAME as 10 pounds for ALL boxers, regardless of their size.

The heavier IBF champions with the obligation of the second weigh-in are as follows: cruiserweight Victor Ramirez, light-heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, super-middleweight James DeGale and middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, etc. They are all forced to keep the weight?within ten pounds over their respective class limits?after the first weigh-in on the previous day under the current IBF rules and regulations.

It seems very contradictory that although Boxing has adopted the weight category system in order to make the game competitive, fair and square, the IBFfs guideline of the weight gain at the second weigh-in is just ten (10) pounds for all boxers (who fight with the IBF/USBA belts on the line) in all categories.

The bigger you are the bigger your body muscles, stomach capacity and accordingly the necessity of calorie intake should be.

This reporter, formerly a mechanical engineer, hereby presents a varying guideline of the weight gain on the second weigh-in in accordance with the weight classes. By viewing an attached figure drawn by me, you will see the new guideline, as follows:

From minimumweight (105 lbs) to featherweight (126 lbs): 10 pounds

From junior lightweight (130 lbs) to welterweight (147 lbs): 12 pounds

From junior middleweight (154 lbs) to light heavyweight (175 lbs): 14 pounds (equal to British unit, one stone)

For cruiserweight (200 lbs): 16 pounds

This is PLAN A, where the differential of each step between the weight groups is two (2) pounds.

PLAN B is another model with the said differential being three (3) pounds, as follows:

From minimumweight (105 lbs) to featherweight (126 lbs): 10 pounds

From junior lightweight (130 lbs) to welterweight (147 lbs): 13 pounds

From junior middleweight (154 lbs) to light heavyweight (175 lbs): 16 pounds

For cruiserweight (200 lbs): 19 pounds

PLAN B, however, seems a little excessive even if there may be some extraordinarily big eaters or Gargantuas.

This reporter would like to close this recommendation for amendment to the IBF rules and regulations. Should be given me an opportunity to explain this idea at the convention in Beijing from next week, this observer is more than willing to make a humble speech to the attendants there. Sheshe (Thank you in Chinese).


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