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Is Age No Longer a Factor in Boxing?

Age brings Champions

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By  Juan Marshall

Many people believe that boxing is a sport that is dominated by the younger, stronger and faster fighters. In most cases, this is true.

There are young fighters that come into the sport with lots of experience from their amateur careers, and by the age of 19, they are ready to turn professional.

The young fighters work their way through the ranks taking fights that will most likely build their record up so they came someday get a championship fight. That is common in the boxing world and it is how most fighters do in fact get to the top.

But youth, speed and strength, isn’t always the key to becoming a world champion. It also takes lots of experience.

In boxing, it seems as though experience comes with age. Case in point, some of the current champions that hold the top belts in the sport today are over the age of 35.

In the Heavyweight division you have two champions that are also brothers, Vitali Klitschko, 41, and  Wladimir Klitschko, 37. Light Heavyweight champion and ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins is 48.

Welterweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez is 39 while Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is 38.

And last but not least, the consensus pound-for-pound king is five-division champion and 36 year old champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

 

Is age and experience a better recipe for success than youth and athleticism? Let us know by using #RBRBoxing.

 

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