Boxing matches are usually held in one of three types: professional, amateur or demonstration. But what is the difference between them?

Generally speaking, most ‘big’ fights – including title fights – are professional fights, while show competitions are fights staged with a greater focus on audience and entertainment. Most professional fighters have an amateur career before becoming pro, and Olympic fights count as amateur fights.

For example, winning the Olympic gold medal for Anthony Joshua in 2012 was part of his amateur career. Meanwhile, heavyweight title fights with Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022 were professional matches. in another place, Floyd MayweatherThe last matches played by YouTubers Logan Paul and Deji were displayed.

All fights – professional, amateur and demonstration – must be licensed by a commission (for example, fights in Las Vegas are regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission), but demonstration competitions do not need to be approved by a governing body. In response, the World Boxing Council (WBC) sanctioned Tyson Fury’s three fights with Deontay Wilder as the WBC heavyweight title was at stake.

Professional fights do not have to be title competitions, but they tend to have an impact on standings in the weight class in which they take place, as planted by the governing body that approves the fight. So Andy Ruiz Jr is the #1 fighter under the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) champions, while Wilder is sixth. If Wilder fights and beats Ruiz Jr., Wilder would likely surpass the Mexican-American in the standings.

Also, in show fights, the rules are more flexible. For example, in men’s boxing, a world title fight – a professional match – is always scheduled as 12 three-minute rounds; and a women’s world title fight will always be scheduled as 12 two-minute rounds. In contrast, a demonstration fight can be set to six three-minute rounds or eight two-minute rounds (these are random examples).

Fights can of course end sooner if there is a knockout/TKO (technical knockout in which the referee or a ringside doctor stops the action or throws a towel), but such results are less common in show competitions with wins and losses. does not count towards a fighter’s record – and often no winner is declared. For example, former multi-weight world champion Mayweather retired unbeaten in 2017 with a professional 50-0 record and has since fought in five exhibitions. While the 46-year-old was a little aggressive in beating his three opponents in the show by technical knockout, two of the fights he showed went full rounds and no winners came out.

Sometimes, however, fights that are supposed to be show competitions are actually professional competitions. For example, switching from YouTuber to boxer Jake Paul He boxed professionally six times and faced former mixed martial arts champions Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Ben Askren, as well as former NBA star Nate Robinson and YouTuber AnEsonGib. Readers may expect such fights to be spectacle, but in fact they are organized as professional matches, so Paul has a 6-0 record (4 KOs).