How to Become a Boxer

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A boxer is an athlete that fights opponents in a boxing ring while the bout is monitored by a referee. Depending on a boxer's goals, he can become an amateur or a professional boxer. Some boxers turn professional after their amateur careers are over, and they have participated in the Olympics. Boxers generally train in gyms close to home, but may travel throughout the world for bouts. This is a very demanding job physically and mentally, but is one of those jobs that don't require a college degree.


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Education None required
Starting pay $32,000[1]
Median pay $41,500[2]
10 yr growth Slower than average
Related professions Professional Football Player, Professional Wrestler, Weightlifter
Author Selena Robinson

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Boxer Job Overview

A boxer engages in grueling physical training that involves intense cardio and weight-training workouts, mixed with the proper attention to nutrition and sleep. When he or she is physically fit enough to compete, the boxer goes into a ring at the gym with a sparring partner and practices boxing stance, footwork, punching combinations, and other skills.[3]. Boxers often work along with coaches, fitness trainers, and supporters to improve their skills and boost their performances before fights.

Boxer Education

A boxer who wants to become an amateur usually learns about the sport by participating in a local boxing club or collegiate team, where he or is educated on a host of rules and regulations that apply to those athletes who want to try out for the Olympic boxing team. This is a very competitive process.[4]

The road to becoming a professional boxer is an equally difficult one. Fighters make it to the professional ranks through a combination of training, luck, and a lot of networking. Being aligned with the right promoter or trainer can also make the difference in getting a shot at moving up the ranks, but boxers still need to be able to win bouts.[5]

==Boxer Training==

A boxer must train for approximately six to 12 months before the first bout, learning the boxing fundamentals such as stance, defense, offense, ringcraft, combinations, rules, and shadowboxing. Once he or she has acquired some skill and knowledge of the sport, the coach arranges a practice match in a ring with a sparring partner to perfect the craft. From there, a boxer can advance to novice developmental boxing tournaments to further refine his or her skills.[6]

An Olympic Boxing Bout

Sugar Ray Leonard winning Olympic gold

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