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Old 10-09-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
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I have been boxing for just over a month. My coach says I have natural talent and pick up new skills very quickly, plus I have a strong punch for a beginner. I want to start amateur boxing and hope to fight sometime next year.

How detrimental is it to me that I have started boxing a bit late?

I don't want to box professionally, but I would like to box competitively at a low level, just to have some extra motivation and accountability.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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Go for it, and enjoy. One of the most natural guys I trained was 34 - he's had two 1-1 so far he's really good though
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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Why not? There's a whole division of guys who start late and train hard (Masters/white collar). You tend to get matched against guys with similar ability, so the likelihood of being overmatched is reduced.

Even in the regular amateurs, there are a handful of guys in their late 20s and 30s.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
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I don't get why people ask this question. If 3 people on this forum said you're too old are you just going to quit or box regardless because you enjoy it? What if 5 people said something negative, would that make you question your boxing ability?

If you enjoy boxing, particularly if you have natural talent, just box.
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I don't get why people ask this question. If 3 people on this forum said you're too old are you just going to quit or box regardless because you enjoy it? What if 5 people said something negative, would that make you question your boxing ability?

If you enjoy boxing, particularly if you have natural talent, just box.
This does get asked an awful lot don't it?
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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In boxing, after you pass the the age on 25-27 you are considered an "over the hill boxer". I dont know who made that standard but its totally wrong. after hearing "your too old" too many times you begin to question if you are or not.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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Probably harder to stay in shape I'd image, minus the klitshkos and lewis i can't think of too many recent boxers who werre better old than young
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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mayweather, pac, haye (my opinion), were about to see if hatton still has it, hopkins can still go 12 rounds, theres plenty.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:05 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the responses.

With regards to Virus (who seems to be quite the cynic in many threads ) A lot of guys on here seem to give good advice, so I was just interested. As a complete beginner, I would feel it's a pretty natural question to ask, but I'm not deterred. I definitely don't feel too old, it's just a strange feeling acknowledging that your body is getting over it's prime.

I guess the only way to see is to get into the ring and fight.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:08 AM   #10
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I started fighting(was trainign way b4) at 26-27 as well.Quit at 31 cause of injuries(not from boxing)Dont get discouraged.Enjoy yourself!

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:37 AM   #11
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I guess the only way to see is to get into the ring and fight.
This was my point. The only way to find out if you want to compete is to step into the ring. No amount of talking, negative or positive should sway your decision, especially when it's from a bunch of names on an Internet forum.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:05 AM   #12
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I had a fight last friday (my 2nd) against a guy in either his late 30s or early 40s I'm not sure. Anyway the guy was a fireman whod had a charity fight a year and a bit before fallen in love with it and wanted to compete. It was a good fight and we had it in front of about 500 or so people and the last AM fight before the pros went on.

There is no standard for boxing just get on with it see how it goes have a final aim but stick to small ones for now.

Virus is a good lad, knowledgeable just got an abrupt posting style is all and we get threads on here all the time of people asking if they should continue for a plethora of reasons. Personally, if you enjoy it stick with it, I had no intention of ever fighting when I started and now my dream is to win a title. Is starting later a disadvantage? Possibly but make up for that with hard work.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:19 AM   #13
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Is starting later a disadvantage? Possibly but make up for that with hard work.
Might be a stupid question, but could there be any potential advantages to starting late? Maybe since you won't have as much wear and tear on your body as someone who started young?
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Might be a stupid question, but could there be any potential advantages to starting late? Maybe since you won't have as much wear and tear on your body as someone who started young?
lol....maybe I can answer that in a couple of years, when we see what kind of shape i'm in.

Personally, I never would have had the type of discipline I have now when I was in my teens or even mid twenties. Yes, my physical potential would have been greater, but I would not have had the type of diet, cardio and training discipline that I have now. Older me would whip younger me's ass. So yeah, that's just one advantage - greater discipline. Obviously not applicable to all, but applicable to many.
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Might be a stupid question, but could there be any potential advantages to starting late? Maybe since you won't have as much wear and tear on your body as someone who started young?
This is the only advantage I can think of off the top of my head. Less distractions as well, when your a bit older your not as focussed on running around chasing girls on the piss all the time. There are two guys at my gym about 26 and they train almost everyday and are developing really fast because of it.
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lol....maybe I can answer that in a couple of years, when we see what kind of shape i'm in.

Personally, I never would have had the type of discipline I have now when I was in my teens or even mid twenties. Yes, my physical potential would have been greater, but I would not have had the type of diet, cardio and training discipline that I have now. Older me would whip younger me's ass. So yeah, that's just one advantage - greater discipline. Obviously not applicable to all, but applicable to many.
I'm the same I always wish I'd stuck with it since I was 15/16 when I first went into a boxing gym but in all honesty I didn't have any dedication back then.
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