WBA’s Stance On Rehydration Rules Confuses Fans

The WBA’s potential new ruling on a 12-pound rehydration clause after the weigh-in for their fights has caused some confusion in the boxing community. 

Reports indicated the WBA wanted such a clause for the Gervonta Davis vs. Frank Martin bout on June 15. Under the IBF, fighters are required to abide by a 10-pound rehydration clause. The President of the WBA suggested a rule was needed due to ‘recent events.’

It implied that fighters were rehydrating too high. Devin received criticism when he rehydrated to 165 pounds after weighing in under for 140-pound limit for his bout with Regis PrograisHowever, other fighters with the WBA were taken aback by this news.

WBA Featherweight Champion Raymond Ford denied this was the case. He will defend his belt against Nick Ball on June 1. Dan Rafael has now cleared up the confusion. There is no rehydration clause for the Davis-Martin bout. Since the fight was already agreed before this new suggestion, it won’t happen. But this could change moving forward. 

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