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Old 12-08-2010, 09:40 AM   #16
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Any age under 16 seems obscene. I can barely imagine a 13 year old in a pro fight. I'm aware of the rough circumstances that puts a person in the ring, but still at that young age...incredible. I was playing Punch-Out!!! on Nintendo when I was 10.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:57 PM   #17
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Jose Luis Ramirez was 14 too.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:45 PM   #18
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Nipper Pat Daly was the first name that came to mind.
Turn pro at 9, I think. He was all finished at retired at 17 !
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*His water bottle had a nipple...?
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #19
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Wasn't Saul Alvarez around 15 when he turned pro?
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:39 PM   #20
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Any age under 16 seems obscene. I can barely imagine a 13 year old in a pro fight. I'm aware of the rough circumstances that puts a person in the ring, but still at that young age...incredible. I was playing Punch-Out!!! on Nintendo when I was 10.
psychological advantage possible as well. most fighters back then where hard working family men and had kids young. so probably they couldn't pull the trigger against a little child. might of been a reason why nipper retired so early because they where not scared of holding back as much
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:37 AM   #21
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Harry Furness became involved in the boxing booths as a one time fighter who then went on to promote and manage boxers. His booth was often a means of spotting raw talent and then training and developing any potential champions. The shows he operated were only one aspect of his involvement in the fight game and a later article will cover in detail his career as a boxer, showman and promoter. In the case of Matt Moran and Len Johnson it was through fighting on the booths which eventually led to them ending up running their own show. Len Johnson's life as a fighter and showman has been excellently covered in Michael Herbert's Never Counted Out, The Story of Len Johnson Manchester's Black Boxing Hero and Communist, published in 1992 and includes never before published details of his family background and fight record. Len Johnson's father William came to England in 1897 and initially earned a living as a seaman. He then took up boxing and fought both in the ring and on the fairs. After his marriage to Margaret Maher, Billy worked with many famous showmen including Gal Hague, Harry Hughes and Jim Watson. Their four children included Len who claims he first went on the booth at the age of two where he was announced by his father as "Len Johnson the Youngest Boxer in the World." Both Len and his brother Albert became successful fighters often starring on the same bill but it was Len who would go on to scale even greater heights. Despite initial setbacks when he lost some of his early fights in 1922 at the Alhambra Hall in Manchester he then joined Bert Hughes who travelled a booth round the Manchester area with his brother Harry and Billy. According to extracts of Len's unfinished autobiography in Michael Herbert's account of his life, on joining the fair at Burnley Bert Hughes greeted him with the words:

"Don't punch the locals too hard Len, or they'll never come near the show again! They're only novices."

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that and take it
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:45 AM   #22
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that and take it
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Irish Kid Baby Lullaby O'Day , age 1, deal with it:

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Twas the drink that derailed his career at the age of 2. He was 1-5-6. His six draws all came at the age of 6 months, against other pre-yearlings. Those fights were too tough to call.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:07 AM   #23
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Barrera was 15 when he turned Pro
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:40 AM   #24
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Bubi Scholz turned pro at 18. Never had an amateur fight too, since amateur boxing was forbidden in Germany at the time.
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... Well...huh.
Irish Kid Baby Lullaby O'Day , age 1, deal with it:

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Twas the drink that derailed his career at the age of 2. He was 1-5-6. His six draws all came at the age of 6 months, against other pre-yearlings. Those fights were too tough to call.
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here he was sparring Jack Dempsey 3:08
oh aye, a great little scrapper, his taste of milky liqueur sent him in downward spiral.surprised it hasn't been mentioned.
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david haye........11

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:54 PM   #27
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Nipper Pat Daley definitely is the one that springs to mind.

At one point aged 14-15 he had a title shot lined up but it fell through because his manager stopped him from going to America to fight for the title as he didnt want to lose his cash cow

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