Professional boxer, championship boxer
Boxers compete against opponents at amateur and professional level in different weight divisions.
Salary range: Variable
How to become a boxer
You can become a boxer through:
- a college course
- training with a boxing club and working your way up
You may be eligible for the Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence (Boxing). To do this, you’ll need to:
- be aged 16 to 18
- be a member of a club affiliated to England Boxing
- show the potential to go far
- have some GCSEs
The course gives you the opportunity to develop your boxing skills as well as getting a coaching or sporting qualification.
You may need:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
You can start as an amateur boxer by joining a local boxing club or gym.
Clubs usually offer ‘taster sessions’ so you can try the sport before deciding if you want to continue.
As well as fitness, strength and endurance, you’ll need to develop the technical boxing skills needed in the ring, along with the right attitude towards training and preparation.
You’ll compete in your chosen weight division and represent your club in competitions.
If you show exceptional talent and potential, you may be selected to join the England Talent Pathway. This will offer you tailored training and support to help you compete in national, European and world amateur championships, and international events like the Olympics.
With experience, you could turn professional by joining a sports management company. They will organise competitive bouts for you and deal with the event’s promotion and marketing.
At amateur level, you may get some expenses for costs. As a professional, you would usually get a fee or ‘purse’ for each fight and a bonus if you win.
You can find out more about how to become a boxer from England Boxing.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- physical fitness and endurance
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- persistence and determination
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- a boxing licence from the British Boxing Board of Control
- pass a medical check
- have a good level of fitness
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- running, weightlifting and exercise sessions
- working on body conditioning and endurance
- developing your technical skills and mental strength
- sparring in the ring with training partners
- identifying areas for improvement with your coach
- attending training camp before competitive fights
- taking part in competitions, and trials for national and international events
- getting treatment for any injuries
- promotional and media activities
- mentoring younger boxers
You could work at a gym, at a sports arena or at a venue.
Your working environment may be you may spend nights away from home and physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear a sports kit.
Career path and progression
As a professional boxer, you might get the chance to fight for national and international titles or ‘belts’, with one of the main world boxing organisations.
You could also move into coaching with boxing clubs and gyms. Your experience would also be useful for jobs like community sports development.
You might re-train to become a sports physiotherapist, journalist, commentator or sports scientist.