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Old 05-01-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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There are actually quite a few decent ones, although I 100% agree you should start as early as possible. If I ever had son I would send his ass to the gym at age 10 like RJJ Sr did to his son. Anyway here a few off the top of my head, some "great" some just B level fighters

Ken Norton: 24/25 right after serving in vietnam
Rocky marciano: 24, only punched a heavybag before
Sonny Liston: 19 or 20?
Tarver: Messed around with boxing at a young age, quit, sold drugs and had a baby, got back into boxing in his 20s to go pro
Clinton woods: Got into boxing in his early 20s because of years in the pubs drinking got him fat, he just wanted to lose weight at first.
Mahammad Qawi: 25, straight out of prison went to joe fraziers gym
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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sergio martinez.

didn't jack dempsey and jack johnson start late?

glen johnson also was in the same situation as clinton woods. but not from drinking. was just getting a little heavy according to his exwife so he went to the gym to work out. forgot where he mentioned it in an interview.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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Froch started late right?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Hopkins was around 18 when he started boxing during his stint in jail. Don't know if that still counts as late?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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Hopkins was around 18 when he started boxing during his stint in jail. Don't know if that still counts as late?
Yeah, that's very late for boxing. . . really, any professional sport starting anytime past like 12-15 is late. . most who reach the top level in their sport start as a lil ass kid - 5-8.


Cintron started at 19.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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Froch started late right?
i'm not too sure about that. he's got quite an extensive amatuer record.
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The great Audley Harrison....
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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i'm not too sure about that. he's got quite an extensive amatuer record.
Carl Froch turned PRO at 25 which is late for a world champ.

Sergio Martinez started boxing at 20. That's late
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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Bonecrusher smith turned pro at 28. He was the first heavyweight champion with a college degree.
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Carl Froch turned PRO at 25 which is late for a world champ.

Sergio Martinez started boxing at 20. That's late
he turned pro late but i meant he's probably been learning the craft at a young age. i remember hearing he had a office desk job before boxing. says he started training at 9. didn't know he lost to manfredo jr. by ko.

[ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Froch[/ame]
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Earnie Shavers started boxing at age 22.
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How much training did Anthony Mundine have before turning pro? He obviously started late following his Rugby League career, but I'm not sure whether he had done much prior to that .

Michael Grant came relatively late to boxing.
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