Boxing weight classes: The boxing weight classes simply explained

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In professional as well as olympic boxing there are different weight classes. Why are there these different boxing weight classes and how are they called, we will answer in the following lines. In addition, you will know exactly which weight class you are currently in.

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Weight classes ensure that the fight is as balanced as possible.

Why are there different boxing weight classes?

The different boxing weight classes exist primarily to allow the fight to be as balanced as possible in terms of weight. It is obvious that a boxer who boxes in a weight class up to 60 kg has less punch force than an athlete who competes in a weight class over 91 kg.

With the different weight classes, the advantage of weight or punch force is minimized. Many boxers therefore try to reduce their weight so that they are classified in a lower weight class, for example, to build up a reach advantage. This is also known as “making weight”.

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There are up to eleven different weight classes in amateur boxing.

How many boxing weight classes are there?

Boxing weight classes can be divided by gender as well as by professional or olympic boxer. Thus, there are different weight classes.

In olympic boxing alone, there are up to eleven different weight classes – for men and women. These range from half flyweight to super heavyweight.

Weight classesMenWomen
Light flyweight46 to 49 kg45 to 48 kg
Flyweightup to 52 kgup to 51 kg
Bantamweightup to 56 kgup to 54 kg
Featherweightup to 57 kg
Lightweightup to 60 kgup to 60 kg
Light welterweightup to 64 kgup to 64 kg
Welterweightup to 69 kgup to 69 kg
Middleweightup to 75 kgup to 75 kg
Light heavyweightup to 81 kgup to 81 kg
Heavyweightup to 91 kgup to 81 kg
Super heavyweightover 91 kg

 

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Most boxers try to lose as much weight as possible just before the weigh-in in order to be classified in a lower weight class.

In professional boxing there are even more weight classes than in olympic boxing. Here there are 18 different weight classes where very precise weight values with one decimal place are important.

Weight classesMenWomen
Half strawweightup to 46,3 kg
Strawweightup to 47,6 kgup to 47,6 kg
Light Flyweightup to 49 kgup to 49 kg
Flyweightup to 50,8 kgup to 50,8 kg
Super Flyweightup to 52,2 kgup to 52,2 kg
Bantamweightup to 53,5 kgup to 53,5 kg
Super Bantamweightup to 55,5 kgup to 55,2 kg
Featherweightup to 57,5 kgup to 57,2 kg
Super Featherweightup to 59 kgup to 59 kg
Lightweightup to 61,2 kgup to 61,2 kg
Super Lightweightup to 63,5 kgup to 63,5 kg
Welterweightup to 66,7 kgup to 66,7 kg
Super Welterweightup to 69,9 kgup to 69,9 kg
Middleweightup to 72,6 kgup to 72,6 kg
Super Middleweightup to 76,2 kgup to 76,2 kg
Light Heavyweightup to 79,7 kgup to 79,7 kg
Cruiserweightup to 90,7 kg
Heavyweightover 90,7 kgover 79,7 kg

 

If you want to know which is your current weight class, you must of course first know how heavy you are. After you have determined your weight, you can simply have a look in the respective table and you already know your weight class in boxing.

 

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