Julio Cesar Chávez Jr vs Andy Lee... More boxing controversy?Written by Sam Gregory
At yesterday's weigh-in for tonight's WBC middleweight championship fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and contender Andy Lee, a request from Lee's representatives to weigh the gloves for tonight's fight was denied by Texas Commission Sports Inspector Robert Tapia.
According to Lee's manager, Perry Mandera, "They brought their own gloves and we brought ours, so we thought in the interest of full disclosure and a level playing field, we would weigh both pair."
Mandera said they put the gloves Andy Lee is to wear during tonight's fight on the scale in front of everyone but when they asked Team Chavez to do the same, they were refused.
When Mandera requested Inspector Tapia force Team Chavez to weigh the gloves, Tapia's response was, "I'm the boss here. I say whether or not we inspect the gloves and we're not going to."
According to the same source, Mandera then asked Chavez's trainer Freddie Roach to weigh the gloves 'In the spirit of fairness,' but Roach refused as well stating, "We don't have to so we're not going to."
Apparently, HBO 's Harold Lederman sent an email to the director of the IBRO who in turn shared it with its members. The message purportedly stated, "I was there and apparently there was no scale available at that time the media was there. There was no scale, so they couldn't weigh the gloves." Lederman continued, "The gloves all came out of sealed packages and they looked ok to me."
According to the Association of Boxing Commissions there's nothing that stipulates fighters' gloves have to be weighed prior to or after a bout upon request.
The Association of Boxing Commissions only requires:
The promoter shall provide one set each of eight-ounce and ten-ounce gloves to the supervising Commission prior to the start of the first contest for use in case gloves are damaged during a contest. Promoters shall supply gloves that are whole, clean, sanitary, and in good condition. The gloves may not be twisted, manipulated or altered in any manner. The promoter shall provide new gloves for all main event and title bouts.
When two boxers in a contest are above and below the weights described in the subsection entitled "Guidelines for Boxing Weight Classes, Weight Difference and Glove Weight," both boxers shall wear the gloves required for the higher weight. (Source: Association of Boxing Commissions)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Andy Lee will likely fight using what are supposed to be 10oz gloves. Hypothetically, a fighter using 9.5oz gloves would have a small advantage due to less padding in the glove and its lighter weight. Although 0.5oz may not seem like a considerable difference to the casual fan, it can be a factor in a long, battle of attrition marked by a high punch volume.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.