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Old 01-20-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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a professional athlete that took up boxing and became champion in any weight class?
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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Not sure about a champion, but there was a guy who held the shot put world record and became a boxer...I'll remember his name sooner or later. He was American I think
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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Do you mean like Mundine?
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:29 AM   #4
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Not sure about a champion, but there was a guy who held the shot put world record and became a boxer...I'll remember his name sooner or later. He was American I think
Your talking about Jack Torrance, But he wasn't a professional athletic. Bill Nieder & Paul Anderson were others, Too Tall Jones was a pro football players, as was Charlie Powell But neither of them became Champions. Yes, Anthony Mundine fits!
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:40 AM   #5
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Your talking about Jack Torrance, But he wasn't a professional athletic. Bill Nieder & Paul Anderson were others, Too Tall Jones was a pro football players, as was Charlie Powell But neither of them became Champions. Yes, Anthony Mundine fits!
Thanks hh, couldn't remember the story exactly.
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I don't know about professionally, but I believe before boxing, Valuev played water polo, discus throwing and basketball. (Russian midget bowling also, I think)
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Sergio Martinez was a professional at both cycling and soccer...not elite level...but pro (as in paid to do it).
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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a couple of athletes have tried their luck at boxing but when they saw what was involved and what a real sport like boxing is all about they either quit or got clobbered
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I don't know about professionally, but I believe before boxing, Valuev played water polo, discus throwing and basketball. (Russian midget bowling also, I think)
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Plenty of Muay Thai fighters.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:38 PM   #11
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Vitali as well, with his kick boxing background.

It's more impressive if you were a pro in a non-combat sport though I reckon.
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Paul Berlenbach was a profesional wrestler before he became a boxer.
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Vitali as well, with his kick boxing background.

It's more impressive if you were a pro in a non-combat sport though I reckon.
did he actually fight pro though? i still think martinez is the only right answer....
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did he actually fight pro though? i still think martinez is the only right answer....
Yeah he was two time world champion of kickboxing i heard.
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Yeah he was two time world champion of kickboxing i heard.
Yes i heard that too. Maybe from you though
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