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The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Professional Boxer

Updated on April 12, 2017

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the richest fighter in boxing history.  He has skills and the ability to sell tickets.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the richest fighter in boxing history. He has skills and the ability to sell tickets. | Source

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Pro of Becoming a Fighter

Money


The cream of the crop in the sport make millions of dollars. However, it must be noted that 80 % of boxers do not make big cash. The precious few with skills and a personality sometimes make it big and make millions upon millions of dollars. Remember that managers, promoters, trainers and others get a cut of the cash. Invest wisely and keep an attorney on retainer at all times. Stay undefeated if possible and at least beat a top contender in order to get a shot at the title. Do not fight just for the money but at the same time put money away for a rainey day when you get it.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is one of if not the most famous athletes in the history of sports. Ali won the heavyweight championship three times during his fabulous career.
Muhammad Ali is one of if not the most famous athletes in the history of sports. Ali won the heavyweight championship three times during his fabulous career. | Source

Famous Fighters

Muhammad Ali
Joe Louis
Mike Tyson
George Foreman
Jack Dempsey
Joe Frazier
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Leonard
Oscar De LaHoya
 
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
 
Ten of the most famous fighters in boxing history.

Pro of Becoming a Fighter

Fame


Top level boxers achieve fame in the sport but a precious few become mainstream celebrities that transcend their sport. Fame can come from several factors including being heavily hyped and marketed by a cable network and promotional team. Also, having a fan friendly style featuring knockouts in bouts leads to a large fan base. And of course being outgoing and having a likeable personality will take your fame to new heights. If you can stay out of trouble and in the spotlight then you may get endorsements including commercials which will help build your popularity.

Shannon Briggs vs. Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko beat a very tough and brave Shannon Briggs in defense of his heavyweight championship.
Vitali Klitschko beat a very tough and brave Shannon Briggs in defense of his heavyweight championship. | Source

Pro of Becoming a Fighter

Respect


It takes lots to become a boxer including intense training and the ability and will to withstand punches being thrown at you. Quitting in boxing is taboo and fans rarely forgive a quitter but a warrior on the other hands commands and receives respect, win or lose, in this sport. Fighters who can come back swinging after being knocked down or having their eyes swollen shut are crowd favorites. Earn respect by going toe to toe or by overcoming some type of adversity and the fans will show you love.

Boxing

The Manly Art of Self Defense

Boxing Fans

Boxing fans make it all worth it when they cheer you on to victory. The adrenaline rush may be just enough to make a difference.
Boxing fans make it all worth it when they cheer you on to victory. The adrenaline rush may be just enough to make a difference. | Source

Pro of Becoming a Fighter

Love of the Sport


If you do not love the sport of boxing with a passion it is best to remain a spectator or at the most participate on the amateur circuit only. It takes love for boxing in order to run 5+ miles a day and train 2-4 hours per day in the gym. Not to mention the physical risks involved in boxing in the squared circle against another trained prizefighter. Boxing is ultimately one on one competition and at the highest levels it takes immense stamina.

Pad Work in the Gym

Working with punch mitts with a trainer is very important. Whether your learning new techniques or practicing a fight game plan the mitts are an important tool.
Working with punch mitts with a trainer is very important. Whether your learning new techniques or practicing a fight game plan the mitts are an important tool. | Source

Birthplace of Muhammad Ali (Louisville, Kentucky)

Pro of Becoming a Fighter

Build a Legacy


When you retire or pass on to the other side it would be nice to leave a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten. Boxing affords those with the heart and will to ascend to near immortal sports legends that will be watched and revered for decades.

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Cons of Becoming a Fighter

Health


Boxing is one of if not the most dangerous full contact sport. Boxers have died during competition. It is very important to be 100% physically, mentally and emotionally when you step into the prize ring. The fact is boxing is a health risk you take every time you step into the ring. Always be prepared and remember to learn defense because that will cut down the chances of getting injured.

Cons of Becoming a Fighter

Crooked Business


Boxing can be as dirty as Washington politics. Who you know and sign with is just as important as having skills at times. Fixed bouts, rigged rankings and bad judging have left a stink on this beautiful combat sport. If a fighter is not careful he can end up broke while his advisers, managers and promoter get wealthy. Keep an attorney nearby to read all the fine print because in this business it is every man for himself. Joe Frazier once said. " You get your brains shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker's book".

Don King

Don King hurt the sport of boxing in the late 70's when his tournament was found to have fixed rankings.
Don King hurt the sport of boxing in the late 70's when his tournament was found to have fixed rankings. | Source

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Con of Becoming a Fighter

Hard to Succeed


Just like in any sport you must have something to fall back on in case you do not make it. Not to mention the fact that boxing does not offer a retirement plan. The sport is hard and if you get hurt your career could be over with. A loss in boxing can set a career back a few years so being at your best at all times is an absolute must.

Boxing Gloves

Pro fight gloves come in 8, 10 and 12 ounce sizes.
Pro fight gloves come in 8, 10 and 12 ounce sizes. | Source

Hard Training

Hard Training


Boxing requires very intense training. An example of a 8-10 week training camp goes something similar to this. Six days a week of running 5 or more miles a day plus 2-4 hours a day in the gym going hard at it. Making weight with or without nutritionists is hard to do but a necessary evil of the sport. Lazy people should not box but people that love a challenge and enjoy hard training should consider giving the sport a go.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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