Thanks to high profile fighters like Álvarez, Joshua and Mayweather driving interest both in and out of the ring, boxing remains hugely popular both domestically in the U.S and around the world. Research from Statista showed that in 2018, there was a total of 5.17 million U.S boxing for fitness participants aged 6 years or older.
Given the growing interest in the sport, ringsidereviews.com sought to find out how much it would cost for someone to take up boxing as a hobby over a 20 year period. They looked at the average cost of boxing equipment on Amazon partnered with data on how often it would need replacing to work out the true cost of amateur boxing.
On average an American taking up boxing as a hobby over a 20 year period would spend $23,971.16. The break down of the results are as follows:
The largest expense would come from regular boxing lessons and access to a boxing gym, costing $18,665.59 over 20 years. The lowest expense is skipping rope(s) for warm ups, cool downs and circuit training which would only set you back $91.61.
To work out the average cost of taking up the sport as a hobby, they first created a list of all the equipment needed for regular training. This consisted of:
- Boxing gloves – $724.44 spent over 20 years.
- Hand wraps – $248.69 spent over 20 years.
- Boxing shoes – $3417.20 spent over 20 years.
- Mouth guards – $338.11 spent over 20 years.
- Head gear – $485.43 spent over 20 years.
- Skipping rope – $91.61 spent over 20 years.
- Regular boxing classes and access to a boxing gym (this and all of the above equipment to be used at least 3 times a week) – $18,665.59 spent over 20 years.
Next, the average price of each piece of equipment was found by taking the prices of the first 100 results on Amazon when searching for the product. The average cost of a months membership at a local boxing gym (which included regular classes and access to the gym) was also found for 93 cities across the U.S.
Finally, external sources were used to work out how many times equipment would need to be replaced over 20 years. The average price of equipment was multiplied by the relevant number to work out the total amount a hobbyist boxer would spend over 20 years of training.