Number of worldwide pro boxers per year

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  1. seattlefan

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    I don't know how accurate these numbers are. I got them from here which says they are from boxrec.com: http://www.boxingforum24.com/showpost.php?p=16964847&postcount=6

    These numbers are the total amount of active professional boxers in each year.

    2012 22265
    2011 22491
    2010 21053
    2009 20902
    2008 20625
    2007 20714
    2006 20087
    2005 19552
    2004 18406
    2003 17113
    2002 17001
    2001 16026
    2000 15071
    1999 15235
    1998 14269
    1997 15067
    1996 14287
    1995 14274
    1994 13766
    1993 14374
    1992 13280
    1991 12703
    1990 13484
    1989 13153
    1988 12362
    1987 11690
    1986 11350
    1985 12741
    1984 12581
    1983 14547
    1982 15211
    1981 14040
    1980 12538
    1979 11950
    1978 10596
    1977 10975
    1976 8919
    1975 9372
    1974 9224
    1973 10245
    1972 10379
    1971 11222
    1970 11124
    1969 9864
    1968 9815
    1967 9623
    1966 9710
    1965 9415
    1964 9675
    1963 10271
    1962 11302
    1961 11764
    1960 12215
    1959 12303
    1958 13091
    1957 12913
    1956 13447
    1955 14461
    1954 15711
    1953 16032
    1952 16792
    1951 17739
    1950 19820
    1949 22613
    1948 25695
    1947 30488
    1946 30936
    1945 17185
    1944 15660
    1943 12702
    1942 12350
    1941 12914
    1940 15891
    1939 17134
    1938 19047
    1937 24517
    1936 20433
    1935 23767
    1934 26667
    1933 28997
    1932 30914
    1931 35794
    1930 36138
    1929 33654
    1928 32337
    1927 28389
    1926 24307
    1925 22900
    1924 24305
    1923 23669
    1922 22859
    1921 19362
    1920 17662
    1919 12351
    1918 6311
    1917 9055
    1916 10463
    1915 9223
    1914 8145
    1913 8106
    1912 8598
    1911 8430
    1910 7129
    1909 5552
    1908 4465
    1907 3807
    1906 3862
    1905 3642
    1904 3211
    1903 3087
    1902 3281
    1901 1858
    1900 3817
     
  2. BoxingSpecialist2

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    Interesting. This is a subject I've explored and discussed in great detail.

    If you look at boxing today, you could almost say it is dominated by whites. According to boxrec.com, the #1 boxer in every division 154 and up is a white man. You will also observe that Americans are nowhere near as successful today as they were in the 1960's, 70 ' s, or 80's.

    Many Americans say that the reason Europeans are dominating is because there is less competition and less participation.

    Actually, the precise opposite is true. Boxing today is more globally competitive than ever, and in terms of pure numbers more competitive than at any time since the 1940's .

    The truth is that black boxers of the 60 ' s, 70' s, and 80's had things easy in the sense that there were less boxers and the boxers that did box were exclusively from countries like USA, England, and Western Europe.

    Had boxing been globally competitive in the past like it is today, many of American champions like Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Sonny List on and so on probably would have never made it to championship level.
     
  3. seattlefan

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    If you look at it from a demographic point of view, the late 50s to late 60s were a time when all the Italians, Irish, Poles and other white formerly immigrant populations were moving up in society as well as moving into the new suburban America but also before the rise of non-American boxers like Latinos and Ex-Soviets. The only demographic participating in heavyweight boxing were inner city blacks. The Ali era ("the greatest"?) appears to be the weakest era of boxing history. Interestingly, we are told by the experts that that period was a high point in boxing history which cannot be touched by today's fighters.
     
  4. Freethinker

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    Excellent analysis.

    It's amazing that anyone would believe that a period in which there were NO professional fighters from the Soviet Union competing was actually MORE competitive that current times is illogical at it's core. It's like saying MORE competition equates to a WORSE product.
     
  5. Ambrose

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    Ah but if so many people say the world is flat it must be...
     
  6. Jack Reacher

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    That's along the lines with what I've always believed. I never thought the welfare coddled blacks of the 70's and 80's were as tough as the "old school" white fighters of the past. Also, I've always thought it was likely the powers that be were able to keep talented white fighters from moving up, from even being mentioned or noticed really, and that second or third tier white fighters were tossed in with top blacks to push and reinforce the social agenda underway in the West. While the same semitic bunch controls the media for the most part, the internet has been great in allowing information, video and such supporting white fighters to "get through". This combined with simply more whites getting into boxing has tipped the Caste Cart sideways when it comes to boxing.

    It's still aggravating to watch "network" broadcasts popping up that for the most part present boxing as if it were still those dark days of the 80's without a white fighter in sight.
     

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