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We’ve analysed the walk out songs for 50 of the world’s best boxers, past and present, to see how BPM affects the result of a fight. Find out which genre is the most popular, if heavier fighters really like heavier music and what the most successful song is in boxing!

WHAT IS BPM?

“Beats per minute” (or BPM) is self-explanatory: it indicates the number of beats in one minute. For instance, a tempo notated as 60 BPM would mean that a beat sounds exactly once per second. A 120 BPM tempo would be twice as fast, with two beats per second.

Top Boxers’ Average BPM

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Name Nationality Favourite BPM (Average) Favourite Genre Fighting Style Wins Loses Draw
Muhammad Ali
us
79 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul & Other Orthodox 56 5 0
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr.
us
149 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul & Pop Orthodox 50 0 0
Manny Pacquiao
philippine
107 Rock Southpaw 62 7 2
Mike Tyson
us
93 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul Orthodox 50 6 0
Gennady Golovkin
kazakhstan
124 Rock Orthodox 40 1 1
Canelo Álvarez
mexico
146 Latin American Orthodox 53 1 2
Wladimir Klitschko
ukraine
115 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul & Rock Orthodox 64 5 0
Anthony Joshua
uk
144 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul & Other Orthodox 23 1 0
Deontay Wilder
us
129 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul & Other Orthodox 42 1 1
Tyson Fury
uk
117 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul Orthodox 30 0 1

*Taken from last three fights

Which genres have the highest win rate?

Unless you’re Mike Tyson, who opted for the sound of clanging chains and nothing else in the build-up to his fight against Michael Spinks, you’ll likely choose a song from a popular genre. Here’s their success rate to help you choose.

player
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
40
83%
LOSS
8
17%
hand
ROCK
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
21
62%
LOSS
13
38%
sombrero
LATIN AMERICAN
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
15
63%
LOSS
9
38%
microphone
POP
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
12
63%
LOSS
7
37%
vinyl-record
REGGAE
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
5
63%
LOSS
3
38%
OTHER
Count of Song Genre
Outcome %
WIN
11
65%
LOSS
6
35%

Favourite BPM by Weight Class

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Heavyweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
90 or Lower 8 17%
Between 111 and 130 15 32%
Between 131 and 150 2 4%
Between 91 and 110 11 23%
Faster than 150 11 23%
Middleweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
90 or Lower 4 13%
Between 111 and 130 5 17%
Between 131 and 150 8 27%
Between 91 and 110 10 33%
Faster than 150 3 10%
Welterweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
90 or Lower 1 4%
Between 111 and 130 6 25%
Between 131 and 150 7 29%
Between 91 and 110 8 33%
Faster than 150 2 8%
Featherweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
90 or Lower 3 20%
Between 111 and 130 3 20%
Between 131 and 150 7 47%
Between 91 and 110 2 13%
Lightweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
90 or Lower 1 11%
Between 111 and 130 1 11%
Between 131 and 150 3 33%
Between 91 and 110 4 44%
SuperBantamweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
Between 131 and 150 6 100%
Cruiserweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
Between 111 and 130 3 100%
Light Heavyweight Count of BPM Top BPM %
Between 91 and 110 3 100%

Favourite Genre by Weight Class

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Heavyweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul 16 33%
Pop 11 23%
Rock 9 19%
Other 8 17%
Reggae 3 6%
Latin American 1 2%
Middleweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul 12 36%
Rock 10 30%
Pop 3 9%
Latin American 3 9%
Reggae 3 9%
Other 2 6%
Welterweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul 16 53%
Latin American 8 27%
Rock 3 10%
Pop 2 7%
Other 1 3%
FEATHERweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Rock 6 40%
Latin American 6 40%
Reggae 2 13%
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul 1 7%
lightweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Rock 6 50%
Other 3 25%
Pop 3 25%
SuperBantamweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Latin American 6 100%
Cruiserweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Other 3 100%
Light Heavyweight Count of Song Genre Win %
Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Soul 3 100%

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