Before you ask, no, I'm not planning to start a professional boxing career myself. But I've wondered about this question, and the Training Forum seemed a good place to ask in case somebody else found it interesting. We focus a lot on the absolute top-tier fighters in this forum. Most of those guys -- and many journeymen, to boot -- have innate talent that regular people don't have. And lots of them started young. But what if you just have run-of-the-mill, average athleticism, didn't grow up in a boxing family, and only took up boxing in your late teens or so? If you still want (for some reason or other) to embark on a professional career, how much could you realistically accomplish? How good could you get, how far could you get in the boxing rankings ecosystem, and what kind of record could you assemble? I'm assuming relatively competent management here, by the way. The goal isn't to become one of those 0-42 fighters who are paid to get blasted out by other fighters. I'm also assuming a good work ethic and dedicated, intelligent training...although I suspect that both of these things will be limited by the demands of holding down another regular job as well, since most pro boxing doesn't seem to pay very well. Thoughts?