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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 International tournaments and National Championships over a period of time. The hard and fast rule here is that the more prestigious the tournament, the more ranking points a boxer gets 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 conclusion of every tournament, the previous boxers drop points earned at the same previous tournament and the new medal winners are awarded the points won in the just concluded event. Any points won by a boxer remain theirs until the same time the following tournament/year, where they must defend them.
The Ranking season is a bit misleading, as the majority of tournaments are yearly events, however, this is not the case with Olympic and World Championships which are every 4 years and some other major Tournaments which can be every 4 or 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 with there points intact.
No one ever said the rankings identify the best boxers, only the boxers who’ve had the best results in tournaments, but the best boxers do tend to have the best results. Essentially, a boxer can hover around the top 20, as long as they do well in smaller tournaments and remain active. 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.