Boxer Misses Weight By Over 40 Pounds
One boxer has found himself making headlines for the wrong reason.
Hayden Wright was set to take on Khalid Baker on Thursday, March 4. The bout was set to be contested at a 210-pound catchweight in Flemington, Australia. That plan was derailed as Wright missed weight by over 40 pounds.
Baker issued the following statement on his opponent missing the mark by a mile (via BoxingScene.com).
“Unfortunately, the fight isn’t happening as my opponent couldn’t make the catchweight. It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to get back in the ring, put on a show for you all and show everyone where I’m at after a phenomenal six-week training camp in Brisbane.”
Before the bout was canceled, Wright insisted that he was getting in shape as he normally competes as a heavyweight. Here’s what he said on social media.
“I’ve been begging the promoter for this fight and now I’ve got it. I’m busting my (ass) in the gym and in the kitchen. Looking to give Baker his first loss and upset the party. This fight I’m giving it my all as could be my last 16 weeks – 4 months no piss beer, no KFC chicken.”
Wright even told media members in Australia back in December that he had dropped 55 pounds. Wright has a pro boxing record of 2-13. He last competed back in October 2019, suffering a loss against Luke Modini.
As for Baker, he has a perfect 5-0 record. Baker defeated Waiwit Nareeruk back in November 2019 via unanimous decision.
Baker has long fought to clear his name in a 2005 murder conviction. An on-sight brawl at a warehouse party led to the death of Albert Snowball. Baker claims to have been rushing downstairs when he heard a crash and it was Snowball’s body. Baker was sentenced to 17 years in prison with a minimum time served of 12 years to be eligible for parole.
Baker insists he did not commit the act even after his release.