Dear friends, fans of boxing!

For more than 50 years I have been a boxing fan, both Olympic and professional. For the last 10-12 years professional boxing has been my passion, to which I have devoted a lot of time and emotion. Today I made the (probably irreversible) decision that professional boxing is out of my circle of interest. I have come to the conclusion that it is a waste of my time to be passionate about an area which is dirty, hypocritical and very far from the spirit of fair play. It has always been like that, but its distortions were within certain limits that have now been exceeded. I mean, first of all, to the practice of creating champions, who must win at all costs and at any price. I mean persons such as Saul Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia or Shakur Stevenson, whose successes involve mafia structures, including promoters, television stations, boxing federations officials, judges and also crowds of paid propagandists from all over the world pretending to be objective journalists or sports commentators. This is a swamp with nothing to do with sport. Similarly, I assess the careers of 'boxers' based not on real skills, but on Youtube or Instagram. I may be from a different, bygone era, but this is certainly not my boxing anymore.
I have stopped updating my website. I will probably delete it in a month or two.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2021.

 

Дорогие друзья, поклонники бокса!

Более 50 лет я был фанатом бокса, как олимпийского, так и профессионального. Последние 10-12 лет профессиональный бокс был моей страстью, которой я посвятил много времени и эмоций. Сегодня я принял (возможно, необратимое) решение о том, что профессиональный бокс больше не входит в круг моих интересов. Я пришел к выводу, что это пустая трата моего времени, чтобы быть страстным в области, которая является грязной, лицемерной и не в духе честной игры. Она така и была всегда, но ей отклонения были в определенных пределах, которые сейчас превышены. Я имею в виду, прежде всего, процедуру создания чемпионов, которые должны выиграть любой ценой и любыми средствами. Я имею в виду таких персонажей, как Саул Канело Альварес, Райан Гарсия или Шакур Стивенсон, в успехах которых участвуют мафиозные структуры с участием промоутеров, телевизионных станций, представителей федерации бокса, судей, а также толпы платных пропагандистов со всего мира, выдающих себя за объективных журналистов или спортивных комментаторов. Это болото, не имеющее ничего общего со спортом. Аналогичным образом, я оцениваю карьеру "боксеров" не на основе реальных навыков и умений, а на Youtube или Instagram. Может быть, я и из другой, ушедшей эпохи, но это определенно уже не мой бокс.

Я перестал обновлять свой сайт. Я, вероятно, удалю его через месяц или два. Желаю всем счастливого 2021 года!


 

Drodzy przyjaciele, kibice boksu!

Przez ponad 50 lat byłem kibicem boksu, zarówno olimpijskiego, jak i zawodowego. Przez ostatnie 10-12 lat boks zawodowy był moją pasją, której poświęcałem wiele czasu i emocji. Dzisiaj podjąłem (zapewne nieodwracalną) decyzję, że boks zawodowy wypada z kręgu moich zainteresowań. Doszedłem do wniosku, że szkoda mojego czasu na pasjonowanie się dziedziną, który jest brudna, zakłamana i niezgodna z duchem fair play. Zawsze taka była, ale jej wypaczenia mieściły się w pewnych granicach, które obecnie zostały przekroczone. Chodzi mi przede wszystkim o proceder kreowania championów, którzy muszą wygrywać za wszelką cenę i wszelkimi metodami. Chodzi mi o takie postacie, jak Saul Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia lub Shakur Stevenson, w których sukcesy zaangażowane są struktury mafijne obejmujące promotorów, telewizje, urzędników federacji bokserskich, sędziów, a także rzesze płatnych propagandzistów z całego świata udających obiektywnych dziennikarzy lub komentatorów sportowych. To jest bagno nie mające nic wspólnego ze sportem. Podobnie oceniam kariery „bokserów” oparte nie o rzeczywiste umiejętności, ale o Youtube lub Instagram. Może jestem z innej, minionej epoki, ale to na pewno nie jest już mój boks.

Zaprzestaję aktualizacji mojej strony. Prawdopodobnie za jakiś miesiąc lub dwa skasuję jej zawartość. Życzę wszystkim Szczęśliwego Roku 2021!

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 (24 months in the time of Covid-19). 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
© Dariusz Chmielarski 2018