Re-hydration and weight issues for Scott Quigg?

Rumours have been circulating around the internet in recent days that Carl Frampton is struggling to make the 122lb super bantamweight limit for Saturday’s PPV superfight with Scott Quigg.

These have no doubt been somewhat fuelled by comments from Sky Pundit Johnny Nelson who claimed that IBF champion Frampton looked dehydrated at the public workout at the Trafford Centre on Tuesday.

However, Frampton’s promoter Blaine McGuigan sensationally turned the tables today at the final pre-fight press conference in Manchester.

McGuigan claimed that it is Quigg who will struggle with making the limit due to the IBF’s re-hydration policy.

For IBF title fights, boxers are weighed again on the morning of the fight and must not weigh any more than 10lbs higher than the division upper limit. For super bantamweights Frampton and Quigg this would be 132lbs (9 stone 6 pounds).

McGuigan revealed that for his seven title fights with the IBF (3 World title, and 4 Inter-Continental), Frampton has never failed to make the fight day limit, whereas Quigg has NEVER weighed in at 132lbs.

Following the press conference, Shane McGuigan further clarified the re-hydration situation to irish-boxing.com.

To summarise:
– Scott Quigg has one attempt to make the 132lb limit on Saturday morning.
– If Quigg weighs in over the limit then it will just be the Englishman’s WBA title on the line and Frampton will retain his IBF win, lose or draw.

Joe O'Neill

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