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Old 09-12-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default The great "Am I too old" thread

Im 21 years old 6'0" 190-205lbs and a lifelong boxing fan. When i was younger my parents never let me box because my parents were worried about injuries and brain damage. It never kept me from watching a boxing match or anything i just couldnt compete. But now since im on my own i have been doing average training that involves alot of roadwork, alot of sparring(with skill lacking opponents mind you), alot of shadow boxing and heavy bag work ever since ive been in college(4 years). I cant train the way i want right now or get a trainer because of where i live and go to college there is not a true boxing gym within a 50 mile radius. But i LOVE the sport and would love to compete on the amateur level to see what im made of. Do you think it is too late?
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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Nope not too late , you're still very young. Now you will be at a disadvantage once you go into the open class because some of those guys boxed since they were 9. But don't worry about that now, you'll gain a lot of experience by then.

Since you don't have a lot of time since college, bust your ass in the gym. Time<work effort. I only train for an hour, but I go as hard as I can for that hour.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
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well see ive been an athlete all my life. Ive played soccer, american football, tennis, and even played rugby for the college team(had to recently quit because i am too old now). I always used boxing to help stay in shape. Also i do alot of interval training when i do bag work. I have early class so im always up around 6:00 to do my morning run thats usually 4 or 5 miles depending on what time it is. So my cardio is above par but not where it needs to be of course. Once i graduate my hometown has a really good gym with a former title competitor by the name of Donald "Tiger" Stokes. Im hoping to go there after i graduate
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Not by any means. There are still 14 years left for you to compete in the amateurs.
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Old 09-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
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your stilll young pal
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Old 09-12-2009, 05:53 PM   #6
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Still 14 fighting years left, that's the amount of time from your 7th birthday till now. Hundreds of shiners, dozens of sore ribs
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:27 AM   #7
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Mate I've been boxing on and off for 3 years, more off than on, and i STILL want to get my first fight next year (2010) - I will be 21
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your still young bud. plenty of time to compete. Get to a gym and start training
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Don't stop, never give up, hold your head high and reach the top.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:40 AM   #10
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Not at all man go for it and go for it hard.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:52 AM   #11
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never too young, too start. good luck
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:15 PM   #12
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Wow dude! Now i feel mega OLD! I started training when i was 27 just to get fit, a few said to me you should fight, so i thought what the hell, Im now 28 and got my first fight in 4 weeks

So dude your very very young
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:53 PM   #13
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Thanks guys for all the feedback. The only reason i felt i might be too old is because all the boxers i know started YOUNG. like around 10 or 12. And the normal conception is that 28-32 are the prime years. I wanted at least 2 or 3 years of heavy training and fundamentals(even though i have a few established but definently need work). So i wouldnt feel comfortable competing until im like 23 or 24. But now that i think of it i still do have a lot of years to develop. Thanks guys.
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It's never too late. Put in that work and don't get tired, get hungry.
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Im 21 years old 6'0" 190-205lbs and a lifelong boxing fan. When i was younger my parents never let me box because my parents were worried about injuries and brain damage. It never kept me from watching a boxing match or anything i just couldnt compete. But now since im on my own i have been doing average training that involves alot of roadwork, alot of sparring(with skill lacking opponents mind you), alot of shadow boxing and heavy bag work ever since ive been in college(4 years). I cant train the way i want right now or get a trainer because of where i live and go to college there is not a true boxing gym within a 50 mile radius. But i LOVE the sport and would love to compete on the amateur level to see what im made of. Do you think it is too late?
I'm in your situation, except just a little bit shorter. There's no gyms in my area either, I say just move to a place where there are boxing gyms at when you get done with college. That's what I'm planning on doing I also played sports when younger, football and baseball for me. I do similar to what you're doing also, except I also do weights.
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