Why is welterweight usually so strong?

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  1. VG_Addict

    VG_Addict Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    The welterweight division is usually one of, if not the strongest divisions in boxing historically. So many great fighters either started out there or moved up there. Both Sugar Rays, Floyd, Pacquiao, Hearns, Whitaker, Napoles, ODLH, Trinidad, just to name a few.

    Why is this? Is it because welterweights are around the average size for fighters?
     
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  2. Sugar 88

    Sugar 88 Your Unfriendly Neighbourhood Writer-Man Full Member

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    There's a huge global talent pool for men that size.
     
  3. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    There's a lot of men around this size range, meaning the best athletic talents rise, and the amount of competition develops skill.

    The division is also extremely deep historically. As a result, it attracts fighters who will move up / down for prestige and money.
     
  4. Faceplant

    Faceplant Lucky Full Member

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    I think it is as simple as the fact that it is the most common weight for in shape men in their early 20s, and so the talent pool is the largest.
     
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    Heavy_Hitter Well-Known Member Full Member

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    There are a lot of short or average height guys on this planet. A lot more then giants or very short ones.
     
  6. Rock0052

    Rock0052 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It's an original 8 weight class, and they routinely end up siphoning off the top talent from the surrounding junior/super divisions due to the higher prestige and paydays. It winds up genuinely becoming deeper, and the virtuous cycle continues. Many fighters who would've been better suited to 140 or 154 stayed at welterweight as long as possible for those reasons.

    Also, as others mentioned, it is a common size for people globally. 147 pounders also don't have most other professional sports opportunities, so boxing is one of the few ways you can profit off your athleticism at that size.
     
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    tealt Member Full Member

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  8. Boxcel

    Boxcel Member Full Member

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    Welterweights can walk around at 160-175 pounds when not in fighting shape. A very average walking weight for males.
     
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  9. Rilz

    Rilz Ball don't lie! Full Member

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    Good responses here, size and weight is the most obvious answer.

    If you are being introduced when walking in to a room though, Welterweight Champ just has a much better ring to it than the Junior Welterweight or Super Lightweight Champ. It is a more sturdy sounding title, and people like that.
     
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