How to Manage a Boxer

By Michael Davidson

Success in the sport of boxing requires more than just fast hand speed and technical ability. An effective manager is vital in protecting a fighter from harm while also maximizing a boxer's potential and turning it into victories in the ring. A manager acts as a boxer's adviser, confidant and mentor, and the boxer needs to trust the manager completely for the relationship to last. Managing a boxer is a large responsibility that should be taken seriously.

Step 1

Sign an agreement with your boxer, giving you legal permission to negotiate on his behalf while also specifying the terms of the agreement and how much you will be paid. You normally will earn a percentage of your fighter's earnings.

Step 2

Hire a trainer for your fighter. You only should train the fighter yourself if you are an experienced boxing trainer and are capable of giving the boxer the best advice and diet recommendations possible. If not, yield to an experienced trainer to prepare your fighter for bouts to help ensure he will be in the best possible shape come fight night.

Step 3

Scout potential opponents for your fighter by attending boxing events or by watching videos of other boxers in your fighter's weight class. This will help you avoid fighters who likely will beat your boxer at this stage of his career and find fights that will help your boxer get better while giving him the best chances of success. If you have trouble locating quality opponents for your boxer, talk to him about possibly moving up or down a weight class to open up a new pool of challengers. Consult with the trainer when setting up new fights, since he might have insight on the type of fight your boxer needs at this stage of his career.

Step 4

Contact boxing promoters to inform them of your fighter so they can help you book fights. You'll often need to sign a contract with a promoter for a certain number of fights, and these agreements should be examined by a qualified attorney before signing them to make sure they are fair and that your boxer's rights are protected.

Step 5

Negotiate bout agreements that specify the next opponent, date, venue and pay for your boxer. At higher levels, you might also negotiate details such as glove type and ring size, but these unlikely are to be negotiable at first.

Step 6

Apply for a corner license in the state your boxer is fighting in if you plan on being in the corner during the actual fight. Not all managers do this, and it depends on your specific qualifications and relationship with the boxer.

Step 7

Ensure the boxer receives regular medical checkups to verify he is in shape to fight and not at risk for any medical conditions. Boxing is a taxing sport, where there is a high risk of trauma-related brain injury. A good manager sometimes needs to protect a fighter from himself and prevent him from competing when there is a substantial physical risk associated with doing so.

Step 8

Assist your boxer in obtaining sponsorships where a company pays the fighter to wear their logo on his trunks or entrance robe. You receive a percentage of any sponsorship deals, and this helps negate the effect of low fight purses.

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