Originally Posted by MVC
I've been through some classes and they've been pretty successful but I've a ways to go. Thanks for the advice. How long does it take usually before one fights his first amateur bout?
It completely depends. If you have a competent trainer, then it's going to be when he believes you're ready, so however long that takes.
As Virus said, don't fuss over it yet. Also, when the time does come close, don't try and boil down as low as you can get. I see so many kids going on crash diets and I've even heard of coaches from very respectable clubs encouraging kids to practically starve themselves to make weight.