Boxing is a sport that is watched and enjoyed by millions of people around the world, but many of them don’t understand how the weight class divisions work. This is important, especially for those that want to delve into the world of boxing sports betting, as the weight classes not only determine which boxers will be fighting, but even the types of tournaments that take place globally.
This is a basic breakdown of the class divisions and what their requirements are, and easy enough to learn in between games of bingo Australia
Amateur Boxing Weight
Pinweight – the lightest category, this is for those that don’t weight more than 46 kilograms, and is aimed at junior boxers.
Light Flyweight – For the men’s side, the boxer can’t weight more than 49 kilograms, and for the junior and women’s side, the maximum of 48 kilograms.
Flyweight – Here, the limit of the boxer for the men’s side is around 52 kilograms, while women generally weigh around one kilogram less.
Light Bantamweight – For this class, men weigh nearer to 56 kilograms, while the junior and women are two kilograms lighter.
Featherweight – The weight limit here is 57 kilograms, and applies to women and junior fighters only.
Lightweight – The men’s, women’s, and junior weight limit is 57 kilograms.
Light Welterweight – Here, the weight limit is 64 kilograms, while for the junior division; the limit is set at 63 kilograms. There is no division for women in this category.
Welterweight – A fairly common division that has a weight limited of 69 kilograms, and 64 for the women’s side, while the junior division sees a limit of 66 kilograms.
Light Middleweight – This category is for women and junior athletes only. The weight for the women’s side is set at 69 kilograms, while the junior division is closer to 70.
Light Heavyweight – On the upper end of the spectrum is the light heavyweight division with a weight class of 81 kilograms while the junior is set at 80 kilograms.
Heavyweight – For the more famous boxers throughout history, here the weight is 91 kilograms, which means the fighter will be fairly well built. The women’s and junior side of the Heavyweight is unlimited, or just above the light heavyweight limit, depending on the type of boxing and where it takes place.
Super Heavyweight – The Largest of them all, and only applicable to the men’s division. The weight limit here is limited, or just above the limit of the Heavyweight class. The weight limit is usually measured the day before the match for the amateur side, and if the boxer doesn’t match the limit they are usually disqualified right away. They will often perform another weigh-in before the start of the match in the morning to confirm the previous weight class.
In terms of the professional boxing weight categories, these are very much the same as the amateur category save for changes to a few of the classes. For example, instead of a Pinweight, there is a Light Minimum Weight and or an Atom Weight.