average career span of a pro boxer

You could wonder what the typical career span is if you are or plan to become an amateur boxer. There are several factors, such as the number of bottles each year and the style of the boxer, that influence the career of the professional boxer. The average working time for all 17 weight classes recognized by the World Boxing Association (WBA) is approximately 16.7 years.

Boxers were also tourists in the early 1900s. They grew poor and always had to struggle to earn enough cash so they and their families were assisted.
But if you look at the Lightweight and Super Featherweight classes, they have more than 20 years of profession, but the Super Featherweight struggles every year are a little over half the Lightweights.
More time and resources go to better qualitative preparation in today’s world of boxing, the best boxers get more money. Let’s have a look at a more informative table that will let us know more about the boxer’s class wise reach and Career Span.


Weight Class Reach in Weight Reach in inches Fights Per Yr. On Avg. Career Span
Strawweight  up to 105 pounds 5’2  3.4 14.7 yrs
Junior flyweight  up to 108 pounds 5’4 3.6 11.0 yrs
Flyweight  up to 112 pounds 5’4 5.1 14.3 yrs
Junior bantamweight  up to 115 pounds 5’4 3.3 12.3 yrs
Bantamweight  up to 118 pounds 5’5 4.6 15.6 yrs
Junior featherweight  up to 122 pounds 5’6  3.1 14.1 yrs
Featherweight  up to 126 pounds 5’6 6 13.8 yrs
Junior lightweight  up to 130 pounds 5’6 3.4 20.8 yrs
Lightweight  up to 135 pounds 5’8  6.2 20.4 yrs
Junior welterweight  up to 140 pounds 5’9 3.6 18.7 yrs
Welterweight  up to 147 pounds 5’8  3.7 18.5 yrs
Junior middleweight  up to 154 pounds 5’10 3.5 19.8 yrs
Middleweight  up to 160 pounds 5’11  4.8 18.3 yrs
Super middleweight  up to 168 pounds 6 ft 3.7 12.7 yrs
Light heavyweight  (up to 175 pounds 6’1 4.1 17.9 yrs
Cruiserweight  up to 200 pounds 6’1 3 17.3 yrs
Heavyweight  unlimited weight 6’4  3 19.1 yrs

Above we have broken down the list with weight and height. Des[pite this we need to know some facts. Let’s break that down too. 

1. The disadvantage of Height

Most of the time the required weight, particularly in the heavyweight class, where there are no weight limits, is made easier in weight classes like lightweight or sturdy weight class. But the fighter must be exceedingly careful because they select the food in the lower grades like Featherweight or Bantamweight. Imagine you are a fantastic fighter who wants the bantamweight division to fight. You have no more than 118 pounds to scale. You’re going to have a lot to trim to create the weight you need. But the issue is that the more aggressive weight loss will lead to a greater loss of muscle mass.

2. Advantage of Reach

It’s one of the most famous defensive boxers ever, Floyd Mayweather Jr. He’s uncomfortable and keeps his rivals on the verge but he still has the advantage. It is 72 inches long and has a 7-inch lead in one of his most celebrated fights against Manny Pacquiao. 

Mayweather is the embodiment of outboxing in the world today and has a record of 50-00 to illustrate how well he performs.

3. Advantage of Short Boxer

Rocky Marciano’s weight class was shorter than other boxers. He also has the shortest distance of any heavyweight champion before or past. That’s the reason why he was taught to fight with bobbing and weaving to avoid the arrows. 

He realized that he had a broad chin and beating strength, which made him a really hard competitor. His durability was also very high. Whatever his lack of movement he is blamed, he is one of the best boxers ever to live.  

Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers in the world. He’s not tall at all, even with his boxers, but he was one of the most famous boxers of our day. Pace and footwork are known to him. But he’s also very explosive and strong, although he weighs only 145 kilograms.

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Now let’s know about the 17 different kinds of boxers as per their height and career span. We will take it from the top. 

  1. Strawweight: Knockout Cp Freshmart, transformed muay thai fighter, is the best strawweight mason on Earth, and sure the coolest boxing nickname (Thammanoon Niyomtrong is his real name) he is. In a division that’s more common outside the United States, Wanheng Menayothin and Byron Rojas are both top competitors. Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez was often known by historians as the strongest low weight boxer ever. In his disappointing boxing career (51-0-1) he was king for a decade with 22 titles defenses over strong competition.
  1. Junior Flyweight: Ken Shiro and Kosei Tanaka, unscorned Japanese fighters, seem to be on the edge of making names in their own country, while Pedro Guevara in Mexico is still an important alternative in the most frequent link with fighters from outside the United States. Jung-Koo Chang was a hard-hitting South-Korean dynamo who dominated in the 1980s with an iron hand and undoubtedly gained fresh respect for American boxing fans thanks to Michael Carbajal’s great technical skill and strong stunting against Chiquita Gonzalez in 1993. All are revered as all-time great personalities in boxing circles.
  1. Flyweight: Today, the gunshot wasn’t like it was only a year or two ago. Many of the biggest stars are rising in weight. But Japanese fighters Kazuto Ioka and Daigo Higa are still supplying flyweight viewers with lots of action, in combination with the Filipino bottle rocket Donnie Nietes. Jimmy Wilde of Great Britain is considered to be one of the greatest warriors in boxing history. He currently has a record of 103 boxing wins and was one of the most loved boxers until he retired in 1923.
  1. Junior Bantamweight: The bantamweight junior competition today is also astonishing. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai replaced King Roman González as the strongest of the party, and the robust Juan Francisco Estrada and the “Little Beast” Naoya Inoue complemented the four battlefields that are as nice as any in the sport today. In the 1980s the crop cream came from Thailande, full of quality junior bantamweights. Over this timeframe, the highly muscled Khaosai Galaxy guarded his belt 19 times.
  1. Bantamweight: Brazilian bantamweight Eder Jofre typically tops statistical lists of about 118 pounds with just two defeats in nearly 80 fights. During his career, his amazing strength helped him to collect 50 knockouts. Although, his co-fighters saw George Dixon as the greatest boxer of the 19th century, the first African-American man to be world named in sport. Rising stars Ryan Burnett and Luis Nery are seeking to make their slice of the championship pie more competitive than ever, before the eventual takeover of Rungvisai, Inoue, and Estrada.
  1. Junior Featherweight: Over the past few months, Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux, the linear champion, and everyone else has been unbeaten in the junior featherweight division. The crafty Southpaw is quick, powerfully, and superbly trained, and it has prevented others from seeking to usurp its authorities by its ability to handle whatever competition is given to it. The golden age of the division was covered by the late 1990s and early 2000s, with rivals from Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales being the two greatest ever competitors at 122.
  1. Featherweight: The two-fighting class Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton have been separated in a packed featherweight scene of vicious characters. The fast-moving Gary Russell Jr. and the well-traveled Abner Mares allow this division to encourage fans to experience a host of fascinating style variations in the next couple of years. The fast-moving Gary Russell Jr. Willie Pep is widely known as the best featherweight and the strongest defensive boxer ever. His advanced footwork and exceptional escape techniques made him a nightmare for offensive opponents.
  1. Junior Lightweight: Vasyl Lomachenko is known as a pound champion by most analysts. The completely balanced Southpaw specialist mixes the correct time and professional footwork to make the bulk of the people he has fought to date intimidating. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the new traditionally big junior lightweight. At 130 pounds, he was most aggressive, where his innate physical ability was too great in the hands of comparable adversaries. However, it is impossible to decide if a combatant is particularly greater than another with fellow Grands Alexis Arguello, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Flash Elorde all so unmatched.
  2. Lightweight: Mikey Garcia reaffirmed his grip on the lightweight mantle after a fast break due to commercial clashes by maintaining his precise tactical expertise and artful footwork. In the meantime, Jorge Linares, athletically brilliant, has been on a surge of resurrected greatness and says that he is one of the world’s greatest lightweights today. No lightweight was stronger than Roberto Duran’s in Panama. He was the ideal mix of ferociousness and skill and at 135 pounds was nearly unbeatable.
  3. Junior Welterweight:  The ultimate war machine is Lineal Champion, Terence Crawford. He will battle both the orthodox and the southern paw fairly dangerously and he is likely to achieve concurrent outcomes. Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets are both top junior welterweights. Aaron Pryor was a terrifying fighter who was ruthlessly aggressive in the early 1980s with junior welterweight. He was so doomed and feared that he could not fight other weights like Sugar Ray Leonard in this period.
  1. Welterweight: Whilst modern experience has taught us impressions of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, names like Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, and Sugar Ray Leonard have become the main historical figures in world weights. Robinson is often hailed as the best weight class boxer ever. He was quick, powerful, and with either hand, he could smash his opponents. Errol Spence and Keith Thurman are the two strongest world weights in the world today. Spence is a hard-charge, reflective body puncher with a mild streak.
  2. Junior Middleweight:  Southpaw Cuban Erislandy Lara was known for a long time as the best, but former Jermell Charlo’s recent rise to power left many fans of battle questioning if Charlo was the hardest to defeat Lara. Thomas Hearns and Mike McCallum are both contenders for the award of the best junior middleweight ever. Never have they met each other in settling the game. The stay of Hearns was short but impressive at the weight. He had almost impossible to overcome his boxing skills and his weight-lifting strength alone.
  3. Middleweight: In September, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin played for a draw to make many people wonder who is the best middleweight in the world. Billy Joe Saunders and Daniel Jacobs both run on their levels at the same time. Shortly, the medium weight division is locked and loaded, this may be one of the guys who pop up. The crown reigns as middleweight champions, both by Carlos Monzon and Marvin Hagler but also by the likes of an aged but also spectacular Sugar Ray Robinson and an ethereally outstanding youthful Roy Jones Jr.
  4. Super Middleweight:  Mexico’s unbeaten Gilberto Ramirez is an involved tornado. He should plan high-end boxing tournaments for the next few years alongside James DeGale, George Groves, and Chris Eubank Jr. The two best examples of super middleweight greatness have come in modern times. The two retired undefeated and on top of the sport, Joe Calzaghe and Andre Ward. Calzaghe was an outstanding, fast-handed puncher boxing with a distinctive pace and cadence.
  5. Light Heavyweight: Adonis Stevenson was the linear king of Southpaw Boxing for several years with 175 pounds, but his option of long cuts and lame-duck opposition is off. The real favorite fan is Sergey Kovalev, a medium-sized power puncher. Ezzard Charles competed for the best in a generation in the late 1940s and early 1950s in a regular performance at 175 pounds. And it’s been a decade. Michael Spinks was also the strongest of a tough bunch in the 1980s and became the first lightweight to win the heavyweight title in 1985.
  6. Cruiserweight:  The division cruiserweight always offers entertaining fights, but for American viewers, it’s hard to find a fight on TV as it’s mostly an affair overseas. One of the little known realities to the public is that Evander Holyfield is not only one of the greatest heavyweights ever, but also the strongest cruiserweight ever. In the 1980s the division was dominated and united by Holyfield in a manner that was never historically achieved.
  7. Heavyweight: The two best heavyweights in the world today are Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Joshua is an effective, powerful, and ultimately solid heavyweight who compares well with former Lennox Lewis, who claimed to be a part of the heavyweight championship. On the other hand, Wilder is a physical freak with the ridiculous ability to kick. 

Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali are the two biggest heavyweights of all time. Louis also has the record of title defenses (25) and is known by many as the greatest offensive fighter ever. Meanwhile, three times the heavyweight title was captured by Ali’s quick hands and outstanding reflexes.


The total length of a boxer’s career is based on statistics that don’t tell you. Finally, the fighter is responsible for managing his fighting style, the battles, and how they practice. 

Non-white boxers appear to be younger than white boxers with excessive mental and accidental mortality and in their years have poorer socioeconomic roles. 

If a boxer is fortunate enough to avert an end to his career, so it is time to pass on boxing. Until he determines that he must. The most significant defining factors in a boxer’s life are being able to stand on your feet and look for your health. 

Sporting authorities shall reassess the wisdom of allowing sports head injuries and shall track and encourage sportsmen and women’s wellbeing and safety after retirement.


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