IBF Abolishes Second Weigh-in For Unification Bouts

By Steve Kim

As Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo fought for all the major belts this past weekend (WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF), neither fighter was required by the IBF to participate in a second weigh-in before the fight. Their rules state that boxers who are in IBF title fights can not weigh more than 10 pounds above the weight limit.

IBF president, Daryl Peoples, while on vacation sent a statement, via text, to

"During the IBF convention in May, we decided to waive the second day weigh-ins for unification bouts. However we encourage all fighters to participate in both weight-ins," Peoples stated.


This rule change probably stemmed from the situation that took place on March 18th when unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faced Daniel Jacobs in New York.

Golovkin, who has the WBC, IBO, WBA and IBF titles, was obligated to participate in the Saturday morning weigh-in if he wanted to fight for the IBF belt.

Jacobs, perhaps gaming the system, decided not to go through with the IBF procedure and made the decision to just compete for the WBC and WBA belts. Many believe that Jacobs came in significantly heavier than Golovkin as they both stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden.

Perhaps sensing that this rule would unfairly  handicap unified belt-holders like Golovkin, the IBF made this amendment.

On September 16th Golovkin faces Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez as he puts his middleweight titles on the line.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 08-24-2017

[QUOTE=HandsofIron;17977933]On the flipside, it shows the greatness of Golovkin, he fought and defeated a near, borderline cruiserweight in Jacobs who tried to game the system by any means possible.[/QUOTE] I was VERY impressed. And the BEST part about it was…

Comment by HandsofIron on 08-24-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;17970968]Exactly! It was a HUGE unfair advantage. One guy having hours to hydrate while the other guy already has 24 hours on you...[/QUOTE] On the flipside, it shows the greatness of Golovkin, he fought and defeated a near, borderline cruiserweight…

Comment by killakali on 08-24-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;17970968]Exactly! It was a HUGE unfair advantage. One guy having hours to hydrate while the other guy already has 24 hours on you...[/QUOTE] Agree 100%

Comment by Fabes88 on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=Feint First;17968754]More like the Golovkin rule. They know fat lil g not gonna make it this time, so they had to protect him and his belt. Pathetic.[/QUOTE] You know exactly what it is but use that reasoning if it makes…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=DocGreenThumb.;17970562]Wow probably the best post you have had stated on this site. Green k sent couldn't agree more working the rules to gain an advantage. Total punk ***** Jacobs. And still lost :wow::notworthy[/QUOTE] Thanks! I try to be fair.…

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