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 Bored man gets paid. Full Member

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

    roughdiamond OFFLINE 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 Not an alt. 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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  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It's also partly an illusion. Viewers can perceive and appreciate the skills at around that weight easier. The small guys, the bantams and flys etc., are just too fast, everything they do is so fast you can easily miss most of the skills. The big guys are very powerful and their movement is likely to be less aesthetically pleasing so it's easy to overlook the skills they are using.
     
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  6. Heavy_Hitter

    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.
     
  7. 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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  9. 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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  10. Rilz

    Rilz Boxing Addict 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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