Anthropometry for Boxing

Anthropometry (body size and composition) is a very important component of fitness for boxers. Skinfold measures should be performed to determine body fat levels. It is important to be as lean as possible so that the boxer can maximize his muscle mass for their particular weight category.

Being tall and having a good reach is a great advantage in boxing. You can measure body size measurements such as height and arm span.

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

London 2012 Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data from the boxing participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Unfortunately there was no weight recorded and therefore no BMI data.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Boxing (all) 24.0 175.0 - -
Boxing (females) 26.1 169.6 - -
Boxing (males) 23.7 175.8 - -

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the boxing competitors at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
Boxing (all) 25.5 1.75 - -
Boxing (females) 27.6 1.68 - -
Boxing (males) 25.2 1.76 - -


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