When I was in my early twenties, after college, I used to work for what was called the Houston Boxing Association. It was the late '80s. It was an incredible but stressful experience. My job was working with these guys with weights, running and nutrition. The old school boxing trainers hated me and it was hard to get some of the boxers to buy in as well. Anyway, I worked with five different world champs during that time. One of them, by the way, was Roger Mayweather who now trains his nephew Floyd Mayweather, Jr. There was no love loss between Roger and I as we constantly fought. But I digress. For those who don't know that much about the sport, here is a brief history lesson. Other than heavyweights, fighters would normally weigh-in the day of the fight. They would then eat and drink back much of the weight they had drained off themselves. The problem was that many really couldn't recover that well and there was a risk of a fighter not able to truly perform at his best. He could also be at risk of really getting hurt. This is a controversial theory but it led to a movement to move all weigh-ins to the day before the fight so that the fighters could properly rehydrate. Today it is now common place for ALL fights to do it this way but it was a huge war to make that change back then. Changing a traditional sport like boxing wasn't easy, as I knew from my experience in getting them to lift weights and eat right.
I am proud to say that I was involved in making a difference 22 years ago over the objections of Bob Arum and Dan Goosen (both very much still involved in the sport). No one believes me when I explain this but with the power of the Internet and some embarrassing ego-searching I have found this article to prove it. You will see my name mentioned as below:
Monday, Goossen was informed that the weigh-in had been moved to this evening, a time favored by Doug Farrago, Tate's nutritionist.
Read the rest to see how it all went down. So there you go. The first non-heavyweight fight to ever have a weigh-in the day before a fight. Just thought it was fun to reminisce until I remembered that our guy lost that fight anyway. Such is life.