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Boxers compete against opponents at amateur and professional level in different weight divisions.

Potential salary
Working hours
  • 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
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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 may need to wear a sports kit.

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.

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.

You can find out more about how to become a boxer from England Boxing.

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