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Boxer goes naked to make weight for world title fight

From Reuters-

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Panamanian Celestino Caballero stripped naked on Tuesday to avoid missing out on a shot at the world title.

Caballero stunned reporters by removing his underwear at the weigh-in for his WBA super bantamweight fight with champion Somsak Sithchatchawal of Thailand.

The challenger’s bold move paid off when he safely made the weight limit of 55.3-kg (122 pounds) for Wednesday’s fight.

Thai media reports said last week that the 30-year-old Caballero was struggling to shed weight and had considered calling the fight off.

I’m sure the boxing officials could have done without Caballero’s show and tell. Still I agree with Caballero’s actions, why should a boxer’s clothing count towards his weight.

A new trend for boxing weigh-ins may have begun.

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When I was on my high school wrestling team, we had to pretty much strip down for our weigh-ins. It sucked.

Posted by The Former Blogger Formerly Known as Josh Cohen | October 5, 2006 | 08:22 am | Permalink

When I wrestled in high school, I frequently had to strip down totally to make weight. Usually this took place in front of the entire team, although I wasn’t the only dude who needed to do it. The entire procedure sucked, since we could then get dressed and chow down before the meet (to keep our endurance up). The scales are pretty exact, though, and dropping everything often made the difference. In four years, I think a hundred or so dudes saw my naked butt on the scale. Not fun!

Posted by Ian | January 30, 2007 | 09:00 pm | Permalink

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