Cleverly makes weight in Chicago but Fonfara’s team stunned by new rule for a second on-the-day weigh-in

Cleverly makes weight in Chicago but Fonfara’s team stunned by new rule for a second on-the-day weigh-in

Earlier today, Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15KO) and Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16KO) shared a tense weigh-in for tomorrow’s WBC International title fight but understand that Fonfara will struggle to meet a second on-the-day weigh-in.

Cleverly, appearing at the light-heavyweight championship limit (12st 7lbs/175lbs) for the first time since losing his WBO world title against Sergey Kovalev 26 months ago, weighed 12st 6lbs 6oz (174.4lbs) and Fonfara was a comparative 12st 6lbs 10oz (174.6lbs).

However, it emerged in the following rules meeting that the Illinois State Athletic Commission have recently introduced a new rule that boxers in championship contests can only gain a maximum of 10lbs by 9:30am on the day of the contest.

Fonfara’s team had no knowledge of the rule prior to the meeting with Team Clev and the Illinois State Athletic Commission. If the ‘Polish Prince’ fails to make the weight, he will be allowed another two hours and if he still doesn’t weigh 185lbs or less, he will lose his WBC International belt.

Therefore, it will only be Cleverly who can win the title. Fonfara, who was seen running in a sweat suit as late as 9:00pm on Wednesday, or any boxer who fails the on-the-day weigh-in would have to pay a fine to the Illinois State Athletic Commission, which will be taken from their fight purse.

The pair came face-to-face for the final time before fight night outside the Hilton Hotel in central Chicago and the next time they’ll see each other will be in the ring at the UIC Pavilion. Both boxers made the championship limit of 12st 7lbs (175lbs) at the first attempt, before staring off for 30 seconds, posing for photos in front of a fiercely vocal crowd, mostly made up of the local Polish population and respectfully shaking hands.

The Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] show will be broadcast on Spike TV in America and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, with an approximate start time of 03:00AM (GMT) on the morning of Saturday 17 October.

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