EXPLANATIONS

 

Nationality and Descent

Boxing is a very individual type of sport. On the other hand, boxing fans identify with their idols very much. That is why I decided that it was important to show not only the nationalities of boxers, but also their ethnic origin. Especially in the case of boxers immigrants and those belonging to minorities, who do not have their own state.

 

Levels

Levels are my subjective rating of the class of individual boxers.

Level 50 is the absolute maximum, reserved for perfect boxers without any weak points.

Levels 46-49 refer to currently the best P4P boxers in the world.

Levels 42-45 refer to boxers worthy of champion belts of the four major boxing federations.

Levels 37-41 refer to boxers of a very good but not master class.

Level 36 is the starting level of talented, but poorly tested prospects and also last level for hope of recovery of falling stars.

Boxers of the same level represent a similar class, although those placed above are theoretically slightly better than those placed below them.

 

Height

Data on the height of boxers presented by Boxrec and other sources are unreliable and contain large mistakes reaching sometimes even 10 cm. I estimated it on the basis of comparing numerous pictures and films. I am sure that the margin of eventually mistakes does not exceed 2-3 cm.

 

Style

Style is the the strategic approach a fighter takes during the bout. Three main styles are: out-boxer (outside fighter), swarmer (inside fighter) and slugger (brawler). Each style has an advantage over one, but disavantage over the other one. It follows the rock-paper-scissors scenario – out-boxer beats slugger, slugger beats swarmer, swarmer beats out-boxer. However, many boxers are on the borderline of 2 or even 3 styles.

The out-boxer seeks to maintain distance between himself and his opponent, fighting with faster, longer range punches, most notably the jab, and gradually wearing his opponent down. Due to this reliance on weaker punches, out-fighters tend to win by point decisions rather than by knockout, though some out-fighters have notable knockout records.

The swarmer operates best at close range because he is generally shorter and has less reach than their opponents and thus is more effective at a short distance where the longer arms of his opponents make punching awkward. However, several fighters tall for their division have been relatively adept at in-fighting as well as out-fighting. The essence of a swarmer is non-stop aggression.

The slugger aims to intimidate their opponents because of his power, stature and ability to take a punch. Sluggers have a higher chance than other fighting styles to score a knockout against their opponents because they focus on landing big, powerful hits, instead of smaller, faster attacks.

The multistyle boxers have the ability to change the style of fighting depending on the opponent.

 

Advantages and disadvantages

Each boxer has its good and bad sides. Based on numerous observations, I tried to find and classify them. In the case of several hundred boxers, this is not a simple task and I certainly did not avoid mistakes, for which I apologize in advance.

 

Inactivity

Unlike Boxrec, I remove boxers from the rankings after 18 months of inactivity. However, after 12 months of inactivity I lower their place in the ranking and/or their level.

 

Classification of the boxer in weight category

Generally, the boxer is classified in the weight in which he fought his last fight. The only exception are the following situations:

the boxer exceeds the weight limit slightly (up to 2 pounds) and unintentionally

the boxer exceeds the weight limit in an evident exercise fight (with a weak rival)

No declarations regarding the future are taken into account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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