The 24-hour weigh-in rule was supposed to make boxing safer. Instead, as detailed in investigative journalist Barry J. Whyte’s report, fighters "boil down" and then pile the pounds back on, with fight-day weight swings of 10 or even 15 pounds not unusual. Somberly, the gravelly-toned Damian Lynch counts down the moments left in a dehydrated, significantly outweighed Joey Gamache’s career as he is brutalized in the Feb. 2000 fight, accompanying the punishing blows with details of the physical damage being done, as well as how this one tragedy fits within the larger context of athletic sacrifice.
Barry J. Whyte examines the dangers of boxing’s 24-hour weigh-in by looking into the far-reaching consequences of a fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti in February 2000. He shines a light on a controversial system which allows boxers to ‘boil down’ for the weigh-in the day before the fight then pile the weight back on in the time left before stepping into the ring. He exposes the extreme physiological dangers both boxers are subject to under this flawed system.
What did you like most about Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret?
Didn't know how far the sport stretches the rules to 'make the weight'.
What other book might you compare Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret to, and why?
Don't think this can be compared to any other.
What does Damian Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
New information. Many boxing fans might not realise this
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The whole idea of deliberate severe dehydraton, then fighting in that condition is quite shocking
Any additional comments?
The facts claimed here are based on the fight during which, Arturo Gatti (RIP) ended the boxing career of Joey Gamache.