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How Do Boxing Promoters Make Money?

How Do Boxing Promoters Make Money?

Any fan of boxing will be familiar with promoters who are commonly seen in interviews or weigh-ins with their fighters. Therefore, the names of Don King, Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn are likely to be names that you have heard. Of course, there are other promoters but they do have a role to play and as the name suggests, they are there to set up and then promote them. Along with this, they will also pay for everything that is involved in a boxing match and so, they take on the financial risk. As a result, they are going to want to make back that money as well as some more, so how do Boxing promoters make money?

They Make Money By Selling Tickets

Boxers are not the only ones that make money when it comes to boxing. The promoters take on all the financial risk when setting up the fight so it is natural for them to make a profit on the money they have committed.

So, the amount they earn on ticket sales will depend on the size of the fight and the fighter they are promoting. For big box office fights where matches take place in huge arenas, they can pick up millions of pounds and this is the reason why you’ll often see promoters doing interviews as a way of putting their big fights in the spotlight.

They’ll Take a Percentage of Purse Money

Purse money is the money that a boxer will earn for fighting but not all of that will go directly to the boxer. They will need to pay their manager a percentage, as well as sparring partners and their trainer. As an example, in the US, a promoter can only be paid a maximum of 33.3% of the purse which for the big fights could be a considerable amount of money. This share will go directly to the promoter and will not be used to cover any costs associated with the boxer as they will cover this.

Pay-Per-View Sales

As we know, many of the big-name fights will take place in large arenas in many popular cities around the world but they will also take place on Pay-Per-View Channels. This is much like selling even more tickets, albeit at a lower cost. However, when you consider that boxing is a worldwide sport, this means that the audience becomes a lot wider. As a result, Pay-Per-View sales could run into the millions and that can generate a lot of money for promoters. When you consider that Pay-Per-View can cost anything from £20 up to anything beyond £40, then just a million sales will generate a lot of money. The TV company will take a small percentage and then the rest of the sale money will be shared between cable companies and the promoter which can amount to a large sum of money.

If you thought that promoters were just there to keep their boxers in check then there is more than meets the eye. As their title suggests, they promote fights and in the modern world we live in, they have the scope to generate a lot of money from a whole range of avenues

The Best Boxers in History

The Best Boxers in History

Throughout the decades, the world of boxing has been graced by entertainers and boxers who have what it takes to be considered the best in the world. However, with each decade and each generation, new boxers will come onto the scene, win and retain their belts while being considered the best boxer to have ever been seen. Of course, achievements will set apart the best boxers in the world from those who never quite cut it, so who are the best boxers in history?

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr was an entertainer but he knew how to move around a ring and take down his opponents. His record is a phenomenal achievement with 2,257 points and 50 wins and even when faced with challenging opponents such as Manny Pacquiao, he still knew how to hold his own.

Manny Pacquiao

Some might place him above Mayweather Jr as he is the only world champion across 8 divisions. When it comes to performances in the ring, he has given the world some of the best bouts ever seen, such as his fights against Oscar De La Hoya and Rick Hatton. He amassed 1,637 points at a 62-7-2 record, which is why he is classed as one of the best boxers in history.

Muhammad Ali

No list is complete without Muhammad Ali. Some claim he is the greatest boxer of all time and he would have told you himself that he was “The Greatest”. He was a performer and someone who might have been considered ahead of his time with the way in which he graced the ring. Even after spending four years out of the ring, he returned and reclaimed his heavyweight championship twice. There’s only one fighter who “Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee”.

Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins

A 28-year career is an impressive achievement but so is a 55-8-2 record. Known as “The Executioner”, he boxed his way to several world championships at middleweight and light heavyweight. He was also the first boxer to hold world titles for all four major boxing sanctioning bodies. What also sets him apart was the fact that he was able to win the light heavyweight title at the age of 46 in 2011, making him a record breaker by overtaking George Foreman who was 45. 

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya

From the titles he won to the money he earned, Oscar De La Hoya deserves to be on this list. Across six divisions, he won ten world titles and he was the highest earner of all time. A tough boxer with great tactical ability, his record of 1,259 points and 39-6-0 really does stand out.

Marvin Hagler

Marvelous Marvin Hagler

From 1980 to 1987, Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. A tough fighter, he knew how to inflict pain on his opponents using his power while also having the ability to take punches on the chin. He was a breathtaking fighter who amassed 1,160 points and a 62-3-2 record during his career.

The Best MMA Fighters in History

The Best MMA Fighters in History

MMA is an incredibly brutal but entertaining sport, completely understandable. When we think of MMA, who comes to mind? We wanted to list ten of the best MMA fighters in history. We have tried to select a range of fighters because we understand that people might have differing opinions, depending on the types of fights. Furthermore, we have taken many elements into account, including their career highlights, win to loss ratio, memorable fights and overall accomplishments. For instance, we wanted to include a range of modern UFC fighters that have helped make this highly enjoyable sport so popular. We also acknowledge that other fighters can be classified as the best MMA fighters in history, which we haven’t listed.

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The Best BJJ Fighters In History

The Best BJJ Fighters In History

If you’re a fan of the sport then you will no doubt have your own opinion as to who the best BJJ fighters are. No matter who it is that you are drawn towards, one thing is for sure: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t for the faint-hearted. Those that are classed as the best BJJ fighters in history are those that exhibit the skill, strength, and grace needed to succeed. While BJJ often appears as a technique in UFC, it is actually a standalone combat sport and here’s our take on who the best fighters ever are:

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Managing Your Macronutrients Before a Fight

Managing Your Macronutrients Before a Fight

The following article was submitted by Freelance writer Jennifer Maxwell.

Eddie Hall, a Former World’s Strongest Man is eating a massive 7,000 calories every day in preparation for his boxing match with strongman Hafthor Bjornsson.  At a weight of over 360lbs, his body needs three times the number of calories than an average adult male.  Whatever your weight, as a fighter you too will need extra calories in order to provide your body with the energy it needs for such a demanding sport. However, more important than simply consuming a larger number of calories is the variety of your diet during training and particularly before a fight. Eating an appropriate mix of the three macronutrients, carbohydrate, protein and fat, before a match not only provides you with plenty of fuel, but can enhance your performance in the ring.

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5 Great YouTube Channels For Fighters

5 Great YouTube Channels For Fighters

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner doing your first few classes, or a seasoned fighter. Chances are you enjoy watching videos of fights, training clips and training advice. Fortunately, YouTube is filled with some amazing channels from fighters, fight fans and even promotions to help you get your regular fix.

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The Fight Quality Christmas List

The Fight Quality Christmas List

It’s that time of year again. The evenings are short, you’re running in the cold cold and dodgy Christmas jumpers have appeared around the office. If you’re not sure what gift to buy the martial artist in your life, or you’re not sure what to put on your Christmas list, then check this list out for the ten things the FQ team have put on their Christmas list this year.

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A Brief History of Greco-Roman Wrestling

A Brief History of Greco-Roman Wrestling

Greco-Roman wrestling, as its name suggests, is a modern style of wrestling that’s designed to be as similar as possible to the styles of wrestling practiced by the ancient Greeks and Roman’s in competitions like the ancient Greek olympics. Thankfully the tradition of wrestlers competing naked didn’t get carried on into the modern version of the sport.

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Can You Learn Boxing Without Sparring? – Find Your Precise Answer Here

Can You Learn Boxing Without Sparring?

The following article on learning boxing without sparring was submitted by Joe Louis from Askmeboxing.com.

Can you learn boxing without sparring? That’s the question every new boxer has in their mind. In this article, we are going to help you fully answer it.

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Footwork Drills For Boxing – What You Should Learn Before Matches

Footwork Drills For Boxing - What You Should Learn Before Matches

The following article on Footwork Drills For Boxing was submitted by Joe Louis from Askmeboxing.com.

Once you have accepted a fight deal as a boxer, you should already know every technique that is going to aid you with your strategies. So before you sign your name in any contract, read this article on footwork drills for boxing to get the most preparations!

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Skipping for Cardio: Fight Quality’s Favourite Approaches

Skipping for Cardio: Fight Quality's Favourite Approaches

A skipping rope is an extremely versatile training tool. Small enough to pack any time your traveling its the easiest way to get in work on the move. Despite this, skipping can be incredibly challenging and really push your cardio to another level. There’s a reason skipping has been a training tool for fighters for generations. Alongside developing cardio fitness it improves other aspects of your skills like footwork and rythmn. From black and white video of Muhammed Ali swinging a leather rope to 20 minute long Muay Thai warm ups you find ropes in every gym. However, like all training, not having a plan before you can set you up for a rubbish time. Thankfully Fight Quality is here to help and we’ve listed our favourite ways to utilise skipping to improve your cardio. Read on and find out our favourite ways to approach our skipping sessions.

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Home Boxing Equipment – What You Need To Train Boxing At Home

Home Boxing Equipment - What You Need To Train Boxing At Home

Training at a gym is always ideal, but sometimes it’s far more convenient to get those hours of training in at home. If you’ve got the space, you might be considering setting up a home gym. We wanted to help you out with some tips on home boxing equipment.

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Rules in Muay Thai

Rules in Muay Thai

The following article on Rules in Muay Thai was submitted by Robert from Way of Martial Arts.

Muay Thai (also known as Thai Boxing) is a striking martial art developed in Thailand. It uses elements of kickboxing and some ancient Asian martial arts to complete one of the most effective martial arts in the world.

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Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance

Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance

The following article on Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance was submitted by Joe Monzon.

Muay Thai is a stand-up combat sport that originated in Thailand. It is often referred to as the “art of 8 limbs” for its use of the two fists, elbows, knees and legs. Muay Thai moves consist of punches, kicks, elbow strikes, knee strikes and clinching (think of it as grappling in stand-up form). It is  a full-contact kickboxing sport but also gaining popularity as a fitness workout regime in recent years.

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Fight Quality Film Review – Mr Calzaghe (2015)

Fight Quality Film Review – Mr Calzaghe (2015)

Mr Calzaghe is a 2015 documentary that follows the career of legendary Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe. It charts his journey through his highly touted amateur career, the jump to turning pro, challenges with repeated injuries all the way through to breaking through to popularity in America and his retirement – undefeated with a record of 46-0.

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The Best Punching Bags For Beginners

The Best Punching Bags For Beginners

If you’ve just started boxing or are looking for a quick way to improve your own home gym, then you might be looking at picking yourself up a punching bag. Most of the options you’ll see in professional gyms are far too expensive for the average person training at home. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some really good options out there. We’ve put together a quick guide full of the best punching bags for beginners, to help you train at home.

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