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The definition of an Amateur Boxer - do you want to box for FUN or for REAL?

Posted by Helene Jafine on

A women in black holds up her index finger signing #1. Another women in the middle in blue boxing gear is in a fighting stance. A man beside her holding up his fist dressed in black.

am·a·teur (aməCHər)⁠
n.
1. a person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid rather than a professional basis.⁠

box·er (bŏk′sər)⁠
n.⁠
1. Sports One who fights with the fists as a sport.⁠

At GJWB becoming a boxer begins with the FUNdamentals and the foundations of amateur boxing.

The first steps on your journey to boxing for REAL may begin with: a club show, tournament, or corporate charity event. From there, an amateur boxer would work towards participating in boxing at the collegiate level, the Provincial, State or National Team, Olympics games, Pan American Games, Commonwealth games, and within another association. 

Did you know: an athlete is not legally allowed to spar unless licensed by the governing body and has taken a specific medical to show that you are fit to take punches which will happen when in a ring? WHY? You don’t play boxing.

FUN FACT: Women's boxing first appeared in the Olympic Games at a demonstration bout in 1904. Fast forward women’s boxing ONLY became an Olympic sport in the 2012 London Olympics.

There are 11 amateur female fight weight classes from: light flyweight (up to 106lbs) to super heavyweight (201+ lbs). The Olympics currently have 5 female weight classes and is set to add 1 more to make it 6 for 2024.

The amazing thing about boxing is there is a weight class for everyone at any size! Being able to fight at any weight - now that's inclusivity! 

If you're looking to reach a certain fight weight, check out our other blog post here! 


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