What is a Professional Boxer Licence?
For many amateur boxers, stepping into the ring and forging a career as a professional boxer is the dream.
Many boxers first starting out in the sport undergo many years of blood, sweat and tears training and working hard in the gym to enhance their skills and learn their craft before completing on an amateur level.
Not anyone can just put on a pair of protective gloves and step into a boxing ring. A Professional Boxer Licence issued by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom, ensures that all professional boxers have undergone full vetting and medical testing and have successfully passed a comprehensive screening process to ensure full health and safety of both the boxer and their opponents.
Why do I need a licence to be a professional boxer?
Boxing is a dangerous and high-impact sport, and as a result, it is it vital that precautions are put into place to ensure the health and safety of individuals completing in the ring.
A certain level of discipline and professionalism is required in a sport that has a high-risk of health implications, including cuts, bruises, broken teeth, dental problems, broken ribs, internal bleeding, and damage to internal organs as well as a whole host of other physical Injuries.
A Professional Boxer Licence ensures that all professional boxers are fully vetted, physically and mentally prepared, actively fit and properly matched to enjoy a rewarding career as a professional boxer.
How much can I earn as a professional boxer?
While a career as professional boxer is likely, what you can potentially earn will differ depending on a number of factors, including reputation, how often you complete and management. Salaries as a professional boxer can vary widely. A professional boxer could earn little as £650 for a single fight to potentially millions of pounds per fight, but of course, getting to that kind of main event status will take time.
In the meantime, professional boxers beginning their career can expect £650 to £2,600 per fight, or from £3,250 to £6,500 per fight in the mid-range.
NOTE – The British Boxing Board of Control advises that professional boxers should seek alternative means of earning money outside of being a professional boxer until they reach mid-range status in the sport.
How to apply for a Professional Boxer Licence
All Professional Boxer Licence applicants will be expected to undergo a full medical background check and examination to ensure that they successfully pass all health, safety and medical requirements before they can complete professionally in the ring.
An applicant will also be required to demonstrate their skills in a gym assessment prior to further consideration for a licence, as well as holding prior experience being coached by a licenced trainer.
As part of their application for a Professional Boxer Licence, an applicant will also have to enter into a standard agreement with a licensed manager of the BBBofC.
To apply for a Professional Boxer Licence, please visit the Official British Boxing Board of Control Website.