What age is prime for a heavyweight?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Devon, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    I know heavyweights can go on longer than other weights
    I would say 32-36 for a big heavyweight and 26-34 for a small heavyweight
    I mean on average, I'm not speaking for everyone
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  2. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Do you really think there is one succinct answer to this?
  3. Omega74

    Omega74 New Member Full Member

    Apr 27, 2021
    There is no definitive answer to this. Some peak early, and some peak later. Generally speaking almost every heavyweight starts declining at the age of 35 or even earlier (in this case if he stopped training properly or if he had too many wars earlier in his career). If I had to pick a prime "age" for heavyweights, it would be from 30-33. It is the best combination of fight experience and physical abilities.
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  4. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    I mean on average
  5. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    That's tough...Iron Mike was around 21, Larry Holmes about 30.

    I'll go out on a limb and say 24 or so, on average...knowing there are tons of exceptions.
  6. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Fighters generally peak later now too, for various reasons.
  7. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 6, 2017
    Depends on who you ask.

    According to Tyson fans, a HW can be past his prime and washed up at 23, not even old enough to have a high school reunion.

    Marciano fans will tell you Walcott was prime and aged like wine at 38.

    Wladmir fans will tell you he wasn't in his prime when he lost to Sanders despite being a 26 year old world champion with 41 fights.

    Frazier fans might say he was washed up when he lost his title at 29 despite being undefeated.

    Funny how that works.
  8. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Member Full Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    It seems to depend on a multitude of factors. Genetics, ring wars, gym wars, substance abuse, food abuse, fighting style, height, etc.
  9. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Active Member Full Member

    Jun 1, 2018
    Nutrition and drugs, less frequency of fights, more protective matchmaking, improved conditioning methods to name a few.
  10. DirtyDan

    DirtyDan Worst Poster of 2015 Full Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    Everyone is a late bloomer nowadays, you can still be a prospect at 26 if you've never stepped up. I'd say today, the average prime age for a Heavyweight is in his late 20's to early 30's.
  11. djanders

    djanders Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    It also somewhat depends on styles and whether a fighter can adapt well as he ages, similar to a pitcher in baseball. Sluggers with heavy hands can hang in there quite a while, for obvious reasons. Boxers who make up for loss of speed with experience and heart can hang in there. Swarmers/Brawlers tend to age quickly, unless they can adapt, and most can't. Some can. Pacman did.
  12. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    It all depends on the fighter, most heavyweights are at peak age between 22-28, then some were defeated at age 24 because they were not at their peak, Ha, Ha, In some lighter weight fighters, between 28-32.