John Galt wrote:
HH, Cruiserweights of today have 24-48 hour prior to the fight weigh-ins. Sonny Liston, Ali, Tyson, and Foreman could have made 200 lbs. and then be back at their best fight weight by fight time. If Harris was fighting at 195 without having to cut weight, he could probably fight at 175 today and quite possibly at 168.
These fighters don't cut muscle, they just dehydrate themselves to make weight and then rehydrate themselves. Even among small fighters it isn't unusual to see a fighter 15 pounds heavier on fight night than at the weighin. Bigger fighters can lose and gain more. The weight divisions are not the same today, the early weighin has changed the size of the fighters.
Its too bad HW's dont cut weight and stay that way today either. IMO, Harris' optimum fighting weight probably should have been 185. He did well for 195 without cutting the weight, but either way he'd still be a Cruiserweight today. Myself I'm not a big fan of the whole dehydration, rehydration process, I think it causes more harm than good to the fighters themselves, and is a big problem among the lighter weights---brain damage is all the more common among smaller fighters because of this, imo. If you dont have it, you simply just dont have it. No need to cut weight and then gain it back just to have a few extra pounds behind your punches.