McCrory Hopes To Take Dehydration Issue To WBC Convention

By Terence Dooley

Former IBF cruiserweight titlist Glenn McCrory has revealed that he felt close to death while making weight for a world title defence in the hope of once again highlighting the dangers of cutting weight by squeezing water out of your diet.

Although boxing is beginning to tackle mental health issues, the North East legend believes that we are in danger of overlooking the fact that too many modern fighters dehydrate themselves to dangerous levels in order to make their stipulated weight and gain what they perceive to be a physical advantage.

The 53-year-old has told John Gibson of the Evening Chronicle that he wants to tackle the issue of dehydration in boxing.  McCrory has openly admitted that he used to fool himself into thinking the struggle to make weight had benefits that out-weighed the obvious health costs and issues.


“When I defended my world title against Jeff Lampkin in 1990 I was so dehydrated making the weight that I knew I was going to lose the fight even before I got into the ring,” he told The Chronicle.

“I was so weak and exhausted that my biggest fear wasn't losing the title — I feared for my life.  I genuinely mean that.  Nothing has changed since then though.  The problem has never gone away.”

“You're playing Russian roulette with your health,” he added.  “It's natural to take risks.  Fighters are always looking for an advantage and are prepared to go to great lengths to get it.  As a consequence they are routinely taking risks in terms of dehydration to get down to certain weights and we need to look at that including hydration levels generally in the run-up to fights and post-fight too.”

Working in tandem with the BBBoC and WBC, the former fighter is championing this cause by reiterating that the perceived benefits are dwarfed by the risks, both in the short and long-term, as well as impacting on in-ring performances.  Indeed, he has taken up a non-salaried role with CellNutrition Sport, a mineral and hydration supplement specialist, and hopes to use this role to increase awareness of the dangers of drying out.

McCrory will speak about the subject at the World Boxing Council’s annual convention in October, where he hopes his pleas will be considered by the powers that be.

“I see this as a cause for improvement in the sport that everyone can unite behind and I’m sure that I’ll get a sympathetic listen because it’s something that the top people in boxing know remains an issue,” he said when speaking to The Telegraph.

“I don’t care if it takes time for something significant to be done by the boxing authorities — I’m happy to dig in for the long haul.  This is a cause I passionately believe in and I’m delighted I have been given me a platform to raise its profile.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Brooklyn926 on 07-12-2018

It’s simple and for those of you, and there’s not many judging by the comments on here but whoever competed in the amateurs know how they do it.. they change to same day weight in the wild sports changes.. not…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-12-2018

For the good of the sport & in all fairness, the only way forward is with regular monitored weigh in's which, include same day testing. "If you can't make the weight then move up"!!..

Comment by mike1010011 on 07-12-2018

If a boxer is killing himself to get down to a weight class,then that's not really his weight class. Fight at a weight where your body feels comfortable,and fight guys your own size,instead of squeezing down and having an advantage…

Comment by GlassJoey on 07-12-2018

I think it would be better to see fighters fight on weight. Maybe they should be within a few pounds a month before and be weighed weekly in the build up. Even if it was just to encourage boxers not…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 07-12-2018

Ah no! Nobody is forcing you to do that. If you are willing to risk your life for a competitive advantage which alot of fighters do then that's one you. It's fine and dandy in your 20s after that you…

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