Most boxing promoters look for a particular set of physical and mental attributes when promoting upcoming talent. It is not the exact way to say what makes one person more likely than another. Still, clearly, some people get opportunities over others despite having less natural predispositions.
Promoters work with several different people, and it might be the case that some promoters are more likely to sign a fighter because they share a similar cultural background or race. However, this is not necessarily common knowledge outside of the boxers themselves. A promoter will look for an impressive set of skills in one or more boxing features such as speed, power, or footwork. These are the same features that Probellum looks for when sourcing for fighters to market.
Most promoters look for fighters with great speed and condition. A boxer will usually be fast, but he can also have swift hand-eye coordination, leading to impressive punching abilities. Additionally, some boxers are just naturally strong or tough. There is some artistry in fighting; however, if one fighter can counter his opponent’s strengths with their strengths, they are likely to win the fight.
What makes a good promoter?
Is it cultural inheritance or personal skill/luck?
A promoter is someone who organizes, manages, and promotes an event such as a fight. A promoter is typically not involved in any of the actual fighting or training that each fighter does. These promoters typically only handle the business side of boxing, which is why it may be unfair to say that cultural inheritance would give them more of an advantage than personal skill.
Often, promoters do have a specific group of fighters they work with more often than others. A promoter will also look for someone with impressive boxing skills.
A boxing promoter looks for the following attributes when choosing to promote a fighter:
1) Big hands/big feet- a winning fighter needs to have the ability to cause damage with their punches. Although a few punches from a small puncher can be effective if they land cleanly, being big gives you a distinct advantage at any level of the fight game.
2) Natural charisma- many boxers have been able to get opportunities to fight at the professional level due to their natural appeal. Despite having little or no amateur experience, they can get people excited about them with their talk and walk.
3) Athletic ability- many boxers get opportunities purely because of athletic ability. They may not have any other attributes that boxing promoters look for, but they are so naturally gifted at something that people are willing to overlook the lack of experience.
4) Mental toughness/resiliency- this is one of the essential attributes someone can have. A fighter should absorb punishment and continue fighting strong despite how many times they may get knocked down or hurt. This mental toughness will give them an edge over their opponent.
5) High pain threshold- a fighter needs to be able to take a punch. Their ability to take punches on the chin and absorb body shots that can be debilitating is integral to their success in the ring.
6) Stamina- Stamina is a double-edged sword for many boxers. In some cases, it can make up for a lack of other attributes, while in other cases, it can lead to a fighter fading late in a fight. Stamina is a more natural attribute that a fighter can learn to improve on, but it will take time and dedication.
If a fighter doesn’t have any amateur experience, there may be less emphasis placed on athletic ability and natural charisma (which means talking or having an impressive walk). 7) Passion, a sense of purpose & perseverance are crucial in the sport. Most promoters look for all these attributes, especially when you get up to the pro level.
Fighters can get opportunities based on their resiliency and challenging nature. A fighter rarely gets noticed because of their punching power, so it is an attribute that takes time to develop. That being said, every pro boxer should have some foundation in boxing skills such as defense and counter-punching.
Since many people have some of the attributes of a successful boxer, what separates those with opportunities from those without? This question has been studied for years by academic researchers as well as boxing promoters themselves. In general, the lack of one or more of these attributes leads to a fighter not getting opportunities.
As a boxing promoter, you want to give opportunities to fighters who have some combination of these attributes. With a suitable promoter, any fighter with the right mix of these attributes has a chance at success in the ring.
In conclusion, boxers who are athletically gifted, have the charisma that can draw in people, and take a beating tend to win the most fights. They are given opportunities most often because of the attributes they bring to the ring. A promoter may choose someone based on cultural inheritance, but it is more likely that an individual with these attributes will be selected.