Many of boxing’s royalty had their start as amateur boxers. Today, when you talk about professional boxing, you cannot avoid coming across big names like the late Mohammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. But did you know that people like Mohammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya all both started as Olympic competitors? Olympic boxing is considered ‘amateur’ boxing as opposed to what Floyd Mayweather does today which is professional boxing.
So, what is the Difference Between Amateur and Pro-Boxing?
From the atmosphere to the boxers themselves, the rules and even how the entire game is conducted, there is a huge difference between amateur boxing and pro boxing. The biggest difference, however, might be just how much money is involved in pro-boxing.
1. The Payroll
The first and obvious difference is that pro-boxers fight for money (take a look at what they earn). These are prized fighters who have entire outfits working with them to promote their brand and get them paid as much as possible. Amateur fighters, on the other hand, tend to fight for pride, whether it be pride for the country or personal pride, it is safe to say there aren’t millions and millions of dollars involved in these fights.
2. The Boxing Skill
Because prized fighters make money, they can spend more time training and master the sport. This then puts them at an entirely different skill level when compared to amateur fighters who might just do it as a part-time job.
3. The Size Of The Boxing Rings
When it comes to ring sizes, amateur boxing adheres to a strict standardization of the ring sizes. Amateur boxers can fight in a ring that has a minimum size of 16 square feet or a maximum size of 20 square feet. Pro-boxing, on the other hand, does not have to adhere to these rules. Although in many cases, pro-boxing bouts are held in similarly sized boxings rings as the amateurs, they do not have to. In short, pro-boxing does not have a standardized boxing ring size.
4. The Fighting Gear
In both cases, boxers have to wear gloves and mouth guards. However, there is one glaring difference between amateur and pro-boxing gear in that rookies have to wear a helmet while professionals do not wear these helmets. The helmets are to protect amateur boxers from head, eye and ear injuries. Professional boxers ‘rough it’.
5. The Amount Of Boxing Rounds
Another huge difference is the number of rounds each boxing match lasts. In professional boxing, there can be a minimum of 4, three-minute rounds to as many as 12, three-minute rounds. In amateur boxing, however, there are always 3, three-minute rounds in a match. These are the main glaring differences between amateur and professional boxing.
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