California Makes Landmark Ruling on Intravenous TherapyWritten by Mark Weber
Late last month, the California State Athletic Commission made a strong move that will impact weight-cutting in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, passing an emergency regulation banning IV's as well as 'extreme' dehydration methods.
Although the regulations are targeted for MMA, they also apply to Boxing, effective March 1.
In addition, the American Boxing Commission (ABC) is considering voting on strengthening weight-cutting rules sometime in the summer.
The banning of IV's is a pretty big deal as it is a highly popular method of rehydrating following a weight cut.
Floyd Mayweather Jr was involved in a huge controversey following the Pacquiao fight after it was discovered that he recieved an IV. But many were mistaken in thinking that IV's are illegal. Under VADA rules, in which Mayweather fights under, IV's are not allowed, but VADA testing is completely independent.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission which actually holds jurisdiction on the fight allows IV's.
Starting March 1 in California, IV's will no longer be permitted. And in addition, California has added language that bans "extreme dehydration" as a method to cut weight.
This is interesting wording, as extreme is sort of a vague term but its likely that California is seriously considering stopping fighters from cutting a lot of weight.
Weight cutting has been a massive problem in MMA, so much so that the ABC is considering adding several new weight classes to the fold.
Boxing already has 18 recognized weight classes (vs 10 compared to MMA) to circumvent the weight cutting issue, but it's still no secret that a lot of fighters cut enourmous amounts of weight to have advantages over other weight classes.
If Floyd Mayweather, who is considered a small welterweight is in need of IV's, imagine the likes of Tim Bradley, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence on cutting weight.
There's really no language that suggests any of these rules apply to Boxing just yet, but its likely that if IV's and 'extreme' weight cutting are banned in MMA in California, the same would apply for Boxing.
California is a major state commission, so if they are considering this, on top of Kansas and Arkansas both instituting new rule changes to weight cutting, it's likely that many other states could jump on board.
Think of the impact this will have... If guys like Genady Golovikin or Canelo Alvarez are cutting a lot of weight, they will likely avoid California all together, unless they're willing to jump weight classes.
Losing California for major fights is a big deal, but until the Nevada State Athletic Commission jumps on board, it's not that massive of a deal; however if Nevada does decide to jump on board with these changes, it will have a major impact.