Boxing weight classes
It is obvious that a fight between a flyweight 50-kg boxer and a trained opponent weighing twice that much is anything but fair. The bigger and stronger an athlete, the more energy he or she can channel into their punches. Various weight classes exist as a means to establish maximum fair conditions for a fight. The weight classes are different for amateur and professional boxing.
For professional boxing, the weight class names depend on the governing organization, such as IBF, WBA, WBC or WBO. And while the class nomenclature varies, the weight limits are always the same in each country and under each organization.
Weight classes in amateur boxing:
Professional boxing uses a lot more weight classes:
The kilogram weights for each class are not round numbers because they have been converted from English pounds. The first amateur boxing championship took place in England in 1867, during which the athletes were divided into three weight classes: light, middle and heavyweight.
Over the years, more classes were introduced: Initially, welter, feather, bantam and flyweight classes were added. Later the so-called intermediate weight classes were added, such as Super middleweight, Super welterweight, Super lightweight, Super featherweight, Super bantamweight and Super flyweight.