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.
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.
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