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#419402 - 05/20/09 07:35 AM Age limit for boxing
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Hi,

How old is too old to fight in the ring and why?

Would this age be the same for professional and amateur boxers?

I know a few guys who are still very fit and fast and in their sixties. What's stopping them?

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#419403 - 05/20/09 08:01 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: KompressorX]
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Quote:

I know a few guys who are still very fit and fast and in their sixties. What's stopping them?




naturally, your fitness goes down from around 35 onwards, your just not in your prime and your not getting any stronger or better.

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I know a few guys who are still very fit and fast and in their sixties. What's stopping them?




Theres a whole lot of issues. Bone calcification, wear and tear on the body, etc
Old fellas can still jog, play most sports no worries, but something like boxing, you against someone trying to smash you is a no no.

Competition wise noone wants a fighter that might get damaged and become a liability. but most of the time they just arent up for it

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#419404 - 05/20/09 08:19 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: TheCrab]
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The age of 28, is considered many to be the best 'prime'. I say I'm agreeing to an extent.

I'm only getting stronger and better with each day.

However, when you start to hit your mid 30's like Lachlan just said, then yes, the damages will catch up. You're not going to heal everything you go through.

As for pro boxing~ I'm not sure, look at Foreman.

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#419405 - 05/20/09 09:22 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: KompressorX]
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How old is too old to fight in the ring and why?




Crab and Taison have answered this well, IMHO.

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I know a few guys who are still very fit and fast and in their sixties. What's stopping them?




The ability to recover becomes compromised as you get over the age of 35 or so. You can still get in the mix, but injuries occur quicker and take longer to heal.
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#419406 - 05/20/09 09:45 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: KompressorX]
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Pending what type of competition usually early 40s your reflexes start to fade you can see opening but can't respond fast enough to evade or enter the incident. Some of the journeman boxers can train until late sixty but they usually are just using it to stay fit. If you just plan to box around the gym and wear the headgear and large gloves you could train until late 50s or 60s.

But at a Pro level Foreman is the acception he actually boxed better when he was older and retained that looping KO power brining him a belt at nearly 50 but against faster boxers he didn't fair well. Your power is the last thing to leave you as a puncher.

The question comes up are we becoming weaker human as beings? Recently two died from injuries subcumbed in the ring in 6-12 round fighst. In Boxing hay day the limit was 15 rounds and in it time of yore, some fighter fought 60-75 rounds could imagine such a thing. Just thinking about makes me want to say oh hell I had brain fart. What did (one of my idols) Roberto Duran say in the 2nd Lenoard fight? "No mano" whatever the same as F^&k it man.


See why you gotta stop taking head shots when u get older.


Edited by Neko456 (05/20/09 09:46 AM)
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#419407 - 05/20/09 09:51 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: Neko456]
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foreman definitely did not box better when he was older. he was a hell of a lot slower and more sluggish. KO power was size derived.

His prime (ali fight) his workload was higher, he was fitter stronger and faster. hes actually a prime example of what I was saying about aging

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#419408 - 05/20/09 10:08 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: TheCrab]
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Crab if you listen to George Foreman he would tell you he boxed smarter and better when he was older,as a Young man his defense had hughe gaps in it. What made him awesome as a young man was his vicious powerful offense.

But if you remember his fight against hard hitting slugger Gerry Coney in his young age it might have been a pickem fight whoever hit the other 1st odds still in favor of Foreman bc of his speed. But as a older fighter he dismantled Cooney with a clever defense and shorter heavy punches.

Despite what you feel George has said he was a smarter better boxer the 2nd time around, I agree.

You may have a point he was a better slugger when young. Butr technique wise there is no question he got better.
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#419409 - 05/20/09 10:17 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: Neko456]
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thats a sound point, but I was talking physically. He was a far better athlete when he was younger. Theres no age limit to mental growth

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#419410 - 05/20/09 10:38 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: TheCrab]
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Granted but we all can say that younger we were better physically stronger, recovered faster and everything.

Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end; point well taken, sigh.


Edited by Neko456 (05/20/09 10:39 AM)
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#419411 - 05/20/09 10:50 AM Re: Age limit for boxing [Re: Neko456]
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hey if it makes you feel any better im only 18 and all my joints are completely screwed haha

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