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How The Rankings Work
It can be a little tricky to understand what on Earth is going on when it comes to the rankings. We’re going to try and explain how it works.
In the simplest terms, each ranking is a list of the total points earned by boxers at major International tournaments and National Championships over a rolling period of 2 Years. The hard and fast rule here is that the more prestigious the tournament, the more ranking points a boxer will receive for competing in it, and the more active a boxer the better they will do in the rankings.
It’s all about the points
Points are earned by how far boxers advance in the event, from winning either Bronze, Silver or Gold. The better a boxer does at the event, the more points that are rewarded and the bigger the tournament, the more points available.
At the anniversary of every tournament, the previous medal winners will drop points earned at that tournament.
The new medal winners at the tournament are awarded the points from the just-concluded event and remain theirs until the same time the following year.
- The current rankings are based on the points gained from the last 2 years worth of tournaments. (Not applicable to Olympics)
- The all-time rankings will use all the tournament points that the boxer has competed in. (Active Boxers are not shown in these rankings)
The Ranking season is a bit misleading, as the majority of tournaments are yearly events, however, this is not the case with the Olympics which are every 4 years and some other major tournaments like the World Championships which are every 2 years. Winners at these tournaments hold their points for 4 or 2 years, but points are reduced for those boxers every year on the anniversary of the event at a reduced rate.
Sometimes you will notice boxers move up or down in the rankings without any tournaments taking place, this is because any boxer who has not won a medal in 2 years will be moved out of the rankings to the Inactive, Retired Or Turned Professional list. If they compete and win a medal again they will be placed back into the rankings.
The most active boxers who’ve had the best results in the last 2 years, can hover around the top 20, as long as they achieve medals in the tournaments used. Or they could win big at the Worlds or Olympics and can ride on those points for a limited time.
Do not try to compare these rankings with pro boxing rankings, they don’t work like that. In the Amateurs you can’t take titles from boxers by beating them outside of that tournament, they remain World Champions until the next World Championships.
And if you are still confused the closest thing to these rankings would be Tennis world rankings go and check out how they work, they work in a similar way to this.