Getting Ready to Compete

Once you have been at the boxing club for a while you may want to start boxing competitively.

The length of time before you start to compete depends on your progress in terms of technical ability, physical fitness and mental attitude.

To start the process you will need to get ‘carded’, which involves a medical to state you are fit to box and become a registered competitive member. This process is the same for male and female boxers and one of our coaches can help you through the process.

Once you have your medical card you can then start sparring. This involves partner work, practice and developing your technical and tactical awareness.
When you are ready to compete, our Head Coach will match you (based on age, weight and experience) for a club show or a skills bout. Getting your first bout under your belt is often the hardest part but often the turning point for a boxer as they find it exhilarating.

Going to your first competition can seem daunting and you may not know what to do. When you arrive you will register and then at a scheduled time you will need to weigh in with the Official in Charge. You will then go and see the doctor for a medical.

You can start boxing as a form of movement and skill at an early age and start competing at the age of 11. The maximum age to compete in amateur boxing is 34 years of age, but training opportunities do exist beyond this age bracket. The maximum age has been put in place internationally to protect boxers.

There is no right or wrong age to start in the sport, in fact many boxers start in their late teens and twenties so do not let age be a barrier.


Boxers between the ages of 15 and 16 are categorised as Junior boxers.
Boxers between the ages of 17 and 18 are categorised as Youth boxers.
902800_643706622322003_1595536452_oBoxers between the ages of 17 and 34 are categorised as Elite boxers.

The age of a boxer is determined using the year of his or her birth.