Peter Quillin must be kicking himself for scoffing that last tempting slice of strawberry cheesecake when he just knew he shouldn’t, but hey, we’ve all done it, right?
We’ve all been in training for a world title fight and somehow managed to overshoot the weight limit by a pound and a half, haven’t we? The last time I trained for a world title fight, my coach said, Just do your best and go easy on the chips because that’s how modern training methods work. Close your eyes and hope for the best.
What an interesting situation it was, with Quillin challenging Lee for the world title, and then turning up just a fraction too fat. Not fat, admittedly, by the standards of the people who’ll attend the fight, as anyone who’s been to these things will tell you, but still overweight. A pound and a half overweight, which doesn’t seem like a lot. If I was a pound and a half overweight I’d be celebrating with cakes, beer and burgers, but I’m not an elite athlete and neither are you, in all likelihood.
This sport has rules, including the requirement to weigh in and meet the standard, because boxing is based on, of all things, weights. Who knew? Was nobody around to remind Peter Quillin that he had a fight coming up and that maybe it would be a good plan to stay away from the pies until after he got on the scales? Apparently not, and the result is that he won’t get a shot at the title, although he still gets to fight Andy.
Now, in my estimation, Andy Lee is a true sportsman who will do his best in the contest with Quillin. A lesser man might decide to take a shot to the jaw and drop in the second round, since he’d still collect his purse and still be the Champ, but Andy isn’t made of that sort of stuff. He’ll defend his honour and his pride right to the end.
On the other hand, even if the fight goes the distance, and even if Quillin wins, it will make no difference, since he threw away the chance of taking the belt by scoffing too much strawberry cheesecake and too many deep-fried salted fatfukkers.
What a strange situation. I don’t know how the purse works out after Quillin’s unfortunate lapse, but it seems obvious that Andy should get whatever was agreed, since he had no part in the ridiculous collapse of the title fight.
Andy met his side of the bargain. Quillin didn’t. What else is there to say?