BN Investigates | Premium | May 18 2019

The Dangers of a Boxer’s Weight Cut

Following Ryan Garner's worrying collapse at yesterday's weigh-in, Elliot Worsell takes a look at the inherent dangers of a boxer making weight
Gervonta Davis
Gervonta Davis during the weigh-in  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

IT took less than 30 seconds for the Virgin Active employee with bolt cutters to chop through a padlock and prise open the door to locker 92, and approximately half that time for the boxer standing beside him, the one who had initiated the demolition job, to realise he was opening the wrong one.

“S**t,” he said. “My stuff’s in 96.”

Prior to this, the boxer had closed the door to his locker, number 96, and left inside it his clothes, wallet and mobile phone, only to return five minutes later for his phone. The problem, however, was that in those five minutes he had seemingly forgotten the pass code required to reopen what he had earlier slammed shut. It was why a call was made to reception. It was why bolt cutters were used. It was why confusion reigned.


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