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Old 04-05-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default Should there be a set retirement age in boxing?

I started a thread similar to this about Hopkins in the general but afterwards thought maybe better examples of this would be Holyfield and Roy Jones.

Surely these two in particular are getting to a stage where they could be seriously hurt but delusion (particularly in Evander) is keeping them in the game.

After a terrible fight between Hopkins and Jones, Holyfield to fight the 41 year old Frans Botha, Eric Morales making a comeback, David Tua resurfacing, even Vitali is starting to knock on a bit.

Should there come a time when these guys must pack it in and save them from themselves?
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:03 PM   #2
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No, there shouldn't.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:04 PM   #3
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Wouldnt really work unfortunately.......every fighter ages differently in this sport....Hatton is done and hes 30/31.......Bhop produced one of his best performances at 43 and Holyfield did just as well as Haye against Valuev at 46.

It is sad seeing some of these fighters well past it but who are we to deny them paydays, especially when some of the older fighters are fighting because they have too.

If they past the health checks I say let them fight
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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joke thread.

morales is 33. and u think he is to old. hopkins put on a master class at 43 to beat pavlik.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:05 PM   #6
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I dont think so. I think its often down to the crude old guys, who pocket lots of $ encouraging the old beggers to fight on.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:08 PM   #7
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They should be encouraged to retire when it's clear they're past it, but it'd be impossible to set an age limit as every man has their day at a different age. I'm 20 and past my prime, I gas out after 1 round of boxing and can play 5mins of footy, where as in my prime aged 11-16 I could go all ****ing day and night. And as I am an elite level boxer this has a lot of relevance to this
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:10 PM   #8
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They should be encouraged to retire when it's clear they're past it, but it'd be impossible to set an age limit as every man has their day at a different age. I'm 20 and past my prime, I gas out after 1 round of boxing and can play 5mins of footy, where as in my prime aged 11-16 I could go all ****ing day and night. And as I am an elite level boxer this has a lot of relevance to this


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Old 04-05-2010, 06:15 PM   #9
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Default Re: Should there be a set retirement age in boxing?

I think in principle it's a good idea.

But in practice it isn't going to work. If someone is still the best at say 39, it would be a bit harsh to terminate them at 40 - especially when they might have more in the tank than someone just turned 30.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #11
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31 for Ricky Hatton but 43 for B-Hop?
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:25 PM   #12
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It just would not be allowed to happen.

Fighters are professional sportspeople, if you took away their ability to work and earn money due to age it would be a restriction of trade and I am sure some form of equality law would be breached, the only people making money then would be the lawyers...

Look what happened when "Bosman" took on FIFA, it's not the same sport, but it was clearly a restriction of trade not allowing a sportsperson to apply their trade...
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:39 PM   #13
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No.

Wilfred Benitez was shot and a danger to himself at 26/ 27.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:53 PM   #14
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About the age thing, I think it's more dangerous when boxers come back for the payday after a long time out like Holyfield.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:09 PM   #15
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Default Re: Should there be a set retirement age in boxing?

If it's about the dangers of boxing I think that the majority of damage from punching comes from hard sparring over a long period, not just in any particular contest... Nutrition and correct hydration have been overlooked by far to many for far too long...

It's great to see that the development of nutrition is been fostered by numerous training camps too...
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