WBC (World Boxing Council) president Mauricio Sulaiman posted the video of a 10 year old Boxer suffering through a weight cut.
Sulaiman was horrified by the footage of the kid requesting to quit and go home while wearing a portable sauna.
Off-screen, a member of young boxer’s team encouraged him to keep going.
The guy said, “You want to work out and lose more weight, or do you want to do it like this?”
“Can I go home and sleep it off? I want to go cool down,” the youngster said.
This video is so disturbing!
So much ignorance on weight reduction at all levels. To watch this kid suffer like this is brutal and criminal.
Weight and dehydration are the cause of most if not all fatal accidents in boxing and contact sports. pic.twitter.com/cxdjSwa3DE
— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) August 13, 2022
Mauricio Sulaiman posted this video on Twitter with the caption:
“This video is so disturbing! So much ignorance on weight reduction at all levels. To watch this kid suffer like this is brutal and criminal. Weight and dehydration are the cause of most if not all fatal accidents in boxing and contact sports.”
Weight cutting has always been a hot subject in combat sports, and it has even led to a few fatalities.
Although there haven’t been any fatalities in the UFC, athletes often end up having to be hospitalized as a result of a weight cut going awry.
Weight cutting most often involves reducing the water in the body and then rehydrating after the athletes have stepped on the scales and successfully weighed in.
One notable example was Khabib Nurmagomedov. At UFC 209, Khabib was scheduled to compete against Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title. However, he withdrew as he had to be rushed to the hospital in Las Vegas.
Bellator’s Adam Piccolotti was suspended after sharing a video depicting his own grueling weight cut after the event. Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli shared:
“Something needs to be done to deter extreme weight cutting,” Mazzulli said. “After looking at that video, I was appalled that a fighter would go that extent to lose weight.”
“It’s a sad commentary that a fighter would go to that extent to lose that kind of weight and feel that it’s a badge of honor to do it,” he added. “I thought we’d come a long way since 2002 and we no longer allow rubber suits, IV rehydration, but we still have fighters doing what he did.”
Over at ONE FC one athlete actually lost his life during the weight cut. This prompted the organization to basically move all their weight divisions.
“It’s a different world when there’s no weight cutting. I’m just such a giant fan of that no weight cutting deal they’re doing over at One FC,” Rogan said on his Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show. “Hydration tests, the way it’s explained to me is say you’re the 170 [pounds] champion, they say you’re gonna fight 185, there’s no weight cutting.”
This basically creates a disparity between ONE FC and other MMA organizations.
|MMA Weight classes||WEIGHT||ONE FC|
|Heavyweight:||265 lb (120.2 kg)||Heavyweight|
|225 lb (102.1 kg)||
|Light Heavyweight:||205 lb (92.1 kg)||Middleweight|
|Middleweight:||185 lb (83.9 kg)||Welterweight|
|Welterweight:||170 lb (77.1 kg)||Lightweight|
|Lightweight:||155 lb (70.3 kg)||Featherweight|
|Featherweight:||145 lb (65.8 kg)||Bantamweight|
|Bantamweight:||135 lb (61.2 kg)||Flyweight|
|Flyweight:||125 lb (56.7 kg)||Strawweight|
But while ONE FC superficially addressed the issue – the lack of transparency in the organization raises serious concerns. For one, the weigh ins were long press releases as opposed to live broadcasts. Additionally there were instances of athletes failing the hydration test and then being allowed to retake the test which in theory should’ve never happened.