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‘Word of a man’: chaos erupts after boxer loses 5 kg of weight


Australia’s first major boxing show of 2024 descended into chaos – and the main event canceled – after headliner Renold Quinlan weighed nearly five kilos for his fight against Sydney’s ‘KO King’ , Bilal Akkawy.

Both sides nearly became physical during the official weigh-ins at the Fox Sports studios in Sydney, with officials ultimately having to separate the two teams.

Shortly after, promoters No Limit decided that the main event would be canceled.

Initially, it was thought Quinlan would have two hours to lose weight, but after discussions it was decided that the gap, 4.8kg, was too great.

Fox Sports Australia It appears discussions were initially underway for Quinlan to face Akkawy at next Wednesday’s pay-per-view event, headlined by undefeated rising star Sam Goodman.

Instead, Quinlan will now face Troy Pilcher, who steps in on just 36 hours’ notice.

Previously, the 8-0-1 Queensland heavyweight knocked out Haze Hepi on the undercard of Tim Tszyu’s fight with Carlos Ocampo on the Gold Coast last year.

After Quinlan got off the scales, the two teams were locked in a heated exchange.

“You did a bad thing and now you want to speak out,” Akkawy’s father and trainer Mick could be heard shouting at Quinlan who, after weighing in heavily, then appeared to ask for a catchweight bout instead.

It is understood the weight discrepancy is because Quinlan thought the fight was taking place at cruiserweight (90.8kg), instead of a catchweight of 86kg.

Either way, the drama is difficult for Akkawy who, long considered one of the country’s greatest pound-for-pound punchers, has only fought twice in the last four years due to drama. ongoing injuries.

“Lose weight. Lose weight.

“A man’s word is a man’s word. Don’t tell me I’m cruiserweight…”

Quinlan’s team also seemed upset by something said during the heated fight, responding: “Don’t use that word.” “Don’t come and use that word.

“In five minutes we will go (outside) and I will dance with you. I will dance with you.

Following the drama, No Limit have decided to cancel the headliner, meaning this Wednesday night’s headliner will now be given to promising New Zealand super welterweight Viliami Liavaa – who is looking for himself- even catapulting himself into a fight with Australian Nikita Tszyu on the card at Moore Park.

Liavaa fights Sydneysider Anton Markovic and hopes, with a victory, to challenge the youngest of the Tszyu brothers.

After going undefeated through the first six fights of his career, Liavaa then made a huge competitive push last March against tough Caboolture product Ben Hussain – only to be stopped in the fourth round.

From there, the young fighter then disappeared from the ring for a year to try to improve his game and returns today for the opening of a big month for Australian boxing, dubbed ‘March Mayhem’.

Goodman, who is already a proxy for Japanese megastar Naoya Inoue, decided to roll the dice and risk his world ranking against brash Melburnian Mark Schleibs, who he recently slapped at a press conference to launch the fight at Wollongong Entertainment Centre.

Watch Wednesday night’s No Limit Fight Night from 7:30pm AEDT on Fox Sports Channel 503 and Kayo

Originally published as ‘Word of a man’: chaos erupts after boxer loses 5 kg of weight

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