Boxing Statistics UK – How Popular Is Boxing In 2021?

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Boxing is a sport that has been around for years. Some people spend their whole life training to become the best fighter on the planet. However, this article will give you the facts and figures to do with how popular this sport is in the UK alone.

Boxing Statistics UK: The Quick Version

Here are a few of the things we will be mentioning throughout this article:

  • 10.7 billion views on TikTok for the #boxing.

How Popular Is Boxing In The UK?

The term ‘boxing’ is searched on Google an average of 225,000 times a month in the UK. This enormous figure shows that this sport is fairly popular. It may be worth noting that this term may be used for people to find boxing fights to watch, or wondering when a fight may be in the future, just to name a few examples. It does show that there is an interest in the sport though. The table below shows the top 10 places in the UK in terms of how many people per 1000 search for the term ‘boxing’.

Place

Average Searches Per Month

Searches Per 1000 People

Rochdale

880

8.15

Stockport

720

6.80

Oldham

610

6.32

Bolton

1200

6.18

Birmingham

6,600

6.08

Huddersfield

940

5.77

Leeds

2,700

5.69

Liverpool

3,000

5.43

St. Helens

550

5.35

Peterborough

850

5.26

UK

225,000

3.38

This table shows us that the North in general is more likely to search for the term ‘boxing’. We can also clearly see that the UK average per month per 1000 people is extremely lower compared to other places.

Boxing is extremely popular across the UK with around 775,000 people participating in the sport in 2020. Although this statistic does include boxing fitness classes, it still indicates that boxing has had a huge impact on people and has become more and more mainstream. This number is also roughly around 1 in 85 people across the UK. 

There are at least 1000 boxing clubs in the UK too. This further emphasises the sheer popularity of the sport over recent years. The fact that there’s this many boxing clubs around the UK shows that there is still a large demand for people wanting to learn the sport and the technique behind it or even make it their career.

How Many Women Participate In Boxing In The UK?

A Sport England survey from November 2018 to November 2019 found that 420,400 women participated in boxing. This included boxing related fitness classes etc. This shows that in recent years there has been a rise in females wanting to get into the sport. As it has been a fairly male dominated sport for as long as it’s been around, this is great news as it means there are more demographics getting involved showcasing what they are capable of.


Also, in December 2018, there was a female-only boxing tournament – the first of its kind – in Manchester. Due to the fact that more than 160 boxers took part, it has now become a regular thing and can back up how popular boxing is for women.

Boxing In Social Media

Social media can be a great way for people to connect with like minded individuals. Boxing is popular across multiple social media platforms. One example to look at is TikTok. The #boxing has 10.7 billion views across all the videos posted with the hashtag. The most popular video has over 6 million likes. This is a huge figure which indicates that boxing is a big topic on the app.

Instagram has a gigantic audience. There are over 26 million posts on Instagram with the #boxing. This again emphasises the popularity of boxing on multiple platforms and indicates that over recent years, it’s grown in popularity. 

Even on Google, the term ‘boxing’ is searched almost 230,000 times per month across the UK. This is a gigantic number of searches which could connote that it’s extremely popular these days.

Boxing has been a huge part of the UK for hundreds of years, and fortunately in recent times, women have grown in numbers for competing in the sport. People across all social media seem to talk about it and post about boxing which indicates the popularity it has.

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