Every time in boxing the words agreed weight and clauses are mentioned, when certain fights are agreed, social networks burn on fire, and more, if the name of Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
But the reality is that none of these terms, neither the clauses nor the agreed weights, is new nor was it born with the Canelo.
To understand well, first you have to explain the meaning of catchweight, or agreed weight, and also the meaning of the famous rehydration clauses.
In the case of catchweight, it means that the match will be at an agreed-upon weight, which is usually roughly in the middle of two categories. For example, if a 160 pound agrees to fight a 168, it is very likely that they will reach a catchweight of 164 or pounds, or close.
If it is a rehydration clause, it means that, on the morning of the day of the fight, neither boxer should weigh more than 10 pounds, or any agreed amount of weight. It should be noted that both requirements must be in the contract, and the number of pounds can change, if the fighter who is side A, wishes.
It is obvious that every boxer looking to enforce a catchweight, or rehydration clause, is looking to have an advantage over his opponent. As simple as that.
But not everyone is victorious. Here are several examples of boxing legends who once demanded, and imposed, some kind of advantage on their rival.
Julio Cesar Chavez, for example, in his fight against Pernell whitaker 1994. The American accepted the condition to fight, and defend his world welterweight championship, at a contract weight of 145 pounds. It was the first time Chavez he was looking to fight at welterweight, and he was looking to be crowned in his fourth different weight class. At that moment, Chavez he was the champion of 140 and Whitaker, the 147. The result was a controversial draw, as most fans and journalists saw the American win.
Oscar de la hoya, is also on the list. When the Golden boy unified the 160-pound titles against Bernard Hopkins, demanded that it be at an agreed weight of 157 pounds. From the pot he was champion 160 of the OMB, while Hopkins had the titles AMB, CMB and FIB. The result was a victory of Hopkins by knockout.
Another example is Manny pacquiao against Miguel Cotto. The Filipino was moving up from super lightweight to welterweight for the first time, imposing the 145-pound weight as agreed. Cotto he was the welterweight champion of the OMB at that moment. The result was a resounding victory for Pacquiao by technical knockout. Too, Pacquiao imposed a catchweight of 150 pounds on Antonio Margarito placeholder image when the Filipino was trying to be crowned at super welterweight, with the title of the CMB of the 154 pounds at stake, which was vacant. Pacquiao He could barely make 144 pounds and still gave a historic beating to Margarito.
Floyd mayweather is not far behind, and imposed an agreed weight on Juan Manuel Marquez at 144 pounds; later Floyd arrived at the weigh-in at 146 pounds, and paying $ 600,000 to Marquez for the two pounds of overweight. Mayweather won by comfortable unanimous decision. the same Mayweather imposed on Canelo Alvarez an agreed weight of 152 pounds, three below the weight at which the Canelo he fought, and he beat him comfortably.
Miguel Cotto imposed on Canelo fight at 155 pounds for the 160 title. Also, Cotto in the rematch against Margarito, lowered it to 153, one below the super welterweight limit; and originally he wanted to get it down to 150 and rehydration limit of 160 pounds by weighing himself again on fight day.
And as you already know, Canelo with its rehydration clauses before Daniel jacobs, Rocky fielding and the one they tried to hide from Sergey Kovalev. In 2016, for example, there was brief speculation of a fight between Pacquiao and Canelo. Freddie roach He said the only way they could fight was with a rehydration clause for the Mexican. Since then, and although the combat never took place, Canelo he made that demand his. To such an extent, that if you google the word rehydration clause, and put images, many photos of Canelo.
But the mother of advantage, made it Sugar ray leonard when he fought before Donny lalonde in 1988. Back then, Lalonde he was the champion CMB of 175 lbs. The 168-pound category was about to open, and therefore, they put the title of that weight vacant. And guess what it demanded Leonard? Well, he came up with the great idea of also fighting for the title of Lalonde of the 175 pounds; but he demanded that it be 168, so that the vacant super middleweight title would also be at stake. What if, Leonard He beat a poor man by knockout Lalonde and in this way he conquered the world titles of two divisions in a single fight. Can you believe it?
So no. Neither the agreed weights nor the rehydration clauses were born with the Canelo.
Anyway, I’m not a fan of either of the two demands. I am one of those boxing purists who would like everyone to fight on an equal footing. But if the other party signs and accepts the clauses to be able to win an economic bag that he has never won, only he can be responsible for his eventual defeat.
*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.