Update August 16, 2017 – …The NAC, today, approved 8 oz gloves. They relied on no scientific evidence speaking to the safety of this decision contrary to advice from the ARP.
…Unless the Nevada Athletic Commission choose to ignore their own rules and the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sport’s Regulatory Guidelines.
Earlier this week Floyd Mayweather made headlines stating he will wear 8 oz gloves in the bout against Conor McGregor.
Much speculation has arisen about why and what this can mean for the bout which was agreed to using 10 oz gloves. The reality, however, is the bout will take place using 10 oz gloves as Nevada law requires this.
Nevada’s combative sports regulations were overhauled effective September 2016. Among the changes were requirements for glove sizes mandating 10 oz gloves for all fights over 135 pounds. The regulation allows fighters over 135 pounds but under 147 pounds to agree to 8 oz gloves in instead of 10 oz gloves. Fighters over 147 pounds do not enjoy this choice.
McGregor and Mayweather are fighting at 154 pounds. They must use 10 oz gloves. The commission only enjoys the power to deviate from this for “a championship contest“. There is no title belt on the line for this bout.
The current regulation reads as follows:
The only chance of having the NAC approve 8 oz gloves is if the NAC is prepared to ignore the above section and rely on their general powers contained in NAC 467.008 to deviate from their rules.
This section states
“The Commission may, at its sole discretion, waive a requirement set forth in this chapter for any cause deemed sufficient by the Commission.“.
It is hard to imagine that the NAC would be prepared to waive a mandatory safety rule allowing lighter, smaller gloves to be used by a competitor making his professional boxing debut against a seasoned veteran of the sport.