Am I Too Old To Start Boxing

March 25, 2010 March 25, 2010 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, Boxing Mailbag 66 Comments

Q: I am __ years old and just barely started boxing. Am I too old to box or ever be any good?


 

A: I’ve never been one to believe the old adage about boxing that goes “Boxing is a young man’s game.” There was an article on ESPN 2 years ago showing how there are still several boxers in their 30′s and 40′s that are still winning world championships!

I would recommend a safe and healthy dose of boxing for just about capable person! It’s never too late to improve your physical health, sharpen your mind, raise your confidence, and break a sweat all in the name of fun! As long as you have a good trainer and gym that understands your goals as a boxer, there’s no reason why you can’t accomplish them. Boxing can be a great source of exercise, entertainment, or competition whatever your needs may be.

I’ve seen people start boxing at the age of 25 with minimal dedication and still manage to have a great time while accomplishing new personal goals in fighting and physical shape.

The bottom line – it’s never too late to start boxing. All you have to do is go to a gym and see for yourself that there are men and women of all ages looking to get a great workout mentally and physically. I hope this helps!

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Wilson November 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’m 38 and Been boxing three months now and loving it. Two other chaps at my gym are 42 and having only been boxing a few more months than myself. I think the three of us try that much harder and push ourselves harder. This is evident in our fitness levels. The younger lads in their twenties obviously have a speed and power advantage.
My attitude is to counter this by being more intelligent.

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old daddy January 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

I’m 47 and I used boxining in my childhood (from 11 until 16, Romania). Six months ago I started boxing again with the special reason to loose weight. Now i’m in love again with my first love boxing and I don’t miss any trayning. I use to go in to the ring with much younger guys and i do my job corectly 3 or 4 rounds.
I wish good luck to all the old boys who start this wonderfool sport.

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mikie December 8, 2011 at 3:08 am

I will be 33 in febuary, and just recently started sparring. I dont have any prior experience in boxing. But i feel like im not to old. If it takes me to the pros then so be it. I just love the sport and the work.

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jason t August 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

love your attitude mate im debating with myself if I compete and learn boxing at nearly 30 I love the idea and am really looking to compete at some physical sport as well as get my fitness up but boxing is the sport I really want to compete in

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paschalis April 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

i am 33 and began to boxing this year.
never had an experience of fighting sports before.
i quit smoking the same day and i feel like i reborn.
in my gym we have also guys at the age of 42 and 40 that began this year.
they are all so fine…

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Stan April 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Guys, you are all so young… lol

I’m 44 and started this year. Previously I had done fencing, but not for many years now.

I took on boxing because of my interest in the sport and as a means to get fit. I am a paramedic and made the interservice games my goal to compete in – a way to force myself to get fit or get my ass handed to me.

I competed ok, didnt win, but didnt embarrass myself too much. But it was awesome fun and I feel all the better for it.

Speed and power is important, but I found endurance, pacing yourself and being smart is what really wins fights. Skills beat power just about all the time.

I’m not 20 anymore, but in some ways I wouldnt want to be.

I’m glad I took the plunge to take on a sport I’ve been interested in for years, but hadnt really tried.

Most of all I am fitter, faster and have new friends.

They say the body you take into your fifties is the one you are likely to have for the rest of your life – I made the decision not to be the fat dad who cant keep up with his kids.

I only hope more older guys and girls made a similar lifestyle choice.

Cheers Stan

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Pete May 9, 2012 at 3:09 am

In my opinion, boxing and the conditioning and bodyweight strength movements that go along with it is the best way to stay fit and keep your weight under control.
It’s a lifestyle that has everything in place to keep you fit.
I use the heavybag, speedbag, focus mitts, and occasional sparring along with bodyweight strength movements with gymnastic rings, bodyweight conditioning circuits, and I swim 3 times a week instead of running because it’s easier on my joints and allows me to work on my anerobic threshhold. (working with little available oxygen) which helps my boxing endurance tremendously. The younger guys at my gym wonder how the old man never gets tired when they’re gasping for air.
Even though I don’t fight competetively, (I’m 46) I stay at the middleweight level (just below 160 at 5’8”) as far as weight goes because it’s my natural weight, and I have a “weigh-in” every month to see where I’m at. If I’m high, I bring it down. If I’m low, I bring it up. It’s easy for me to stay “on point” that way. My bodyfat percentage is in the single digits and I have great muscle tone and definition without the unecessary bulk all because of boxing type training and a good diet.
Never felt better in my life.

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Inkuh June 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I’m 21 & im starting on monday.
Very determined To go pro.
But the main thing is just to stay in shape & live a Healthy Lifestyle.
-Mike

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Johnny N June 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

Don’t forget to post your videos on our Facebook. Best of luck to you, Mike!

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trevybear88 June 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

Im about to start boxing again at 38 years old. Ive done martial arts on and off since I was 9 years old. When I was in the army I tried out for boxing team. This was during basic training for junior soldiers (16 to 17 years old, 1 years basic training). I only had 14 days of boxing training till the big annual compitition, which wasn’t great but I couldn’t change that. I was already pretty fit from 6 months of Army training and I knew how to fight and move a bit from doing Karate and being brought up in a tough area. Anyway the way it worked out I got a buy through to the final where I was to fight a guy who had boxed for a couple of years before he joined the Army and he had joined the Army at the same time as me so he had similar fitness levels. The guy was shorter than me but he weighed the same. I knew the guy, he was very muscular/powerful, very strong! Almost everyone (including him) thought he would beat me easily, but this is boxing match not a strong man contest or streetfight. I had 100% faith in myself that i would win and my coach was also confident. I knew I couldn’t stand in front of him and brawl with him without being knocked out. From the opening bell the guy came at me with big hooks and power punches. I was up on my toes on the back foot, sliding my front foot back and pulling back just out of range. I left deliberate but subtle openings and when he commited himself to these punches i drove off the back foot and drove a stiff jab into his chin, hitting him clean with almost every punch!! I did this most of the fight which drove him mad and in turn this made him fall into my traps even easier. Only on the occasions that I stunned him with the jab did i bother to followed up with crosses and hooks. I won the fight easily!!! My point is that regardles of age/experience or whatever, you can have success on some level. If you train, eat and fight smart and to a proper thought out plan then you can achieve great things. If you believe in yourself and forge your mind into steal you will amaze yourself and others at what you can achieve! Look at Evander Holyfield, George Forman and Bernard Hopkins. If they had listened to other people that didnt believe in them then they wouldnt have amazed us all with great perfomances despite their age!
All the best guys. Train hard! :-)

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Johnny N June 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

Amazing story, Trevy. I wish I was there to see it.

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Joey October 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Boxing is one of the greatest things to happen to me. I started basic boxing at age 16 two years later I am 60 pounds lighter, quicker, and stronger. I would love to compete in an afew amature tournaments.

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Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan October 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

A while back, a 52 year old male made a Pro-Debut after being exonerated of murder.

These people that say you can’t, F! em, if there is a will there is a way”.”

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” -Jackie Joyner Kersee

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Peine November 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I start when I was 20, but fell off when I transferred, then shortly after that blew a knee, but 5 years later I’m back and ready to kick ass. and I’m teaching my now future wife the basics now.

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Steve December 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Hey! I am nearly 57………I wanna train to box…….comments invited

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Filipe December 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

In the gym where I train, there are 3 guys with more than 50 years old. Two os them got quiet in shape and love the exercise. But the third one….. he’s a killer. He’s not too fast but he’s extremly strong, with good technique, good footwork, and good endurance. I’m not saying he’s the best boxer at the gym, but I saw him beat up several young guys.

Oh, and my first boxing trainer was a 60 year old retired pro boxer , and he use to fight EVERY boxer that he trains in sequence, doing about 30 rounds in a roll. And he used to beat them all (including me).

To show that I’m not joking, here is a video of him. By the time this was filmed, he was 58: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKxSjEy1UpU

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Johnny N December 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Not too old at all!

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John February 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

i’am 59 and i want to train in my gym . first going to get my doctors ok… then give a shot it’s something i wanted to try for the longest time but never put it into motion, see what happens !

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Johnny N February 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Even if you don’t spar, boxing is still a great exercise. Give it a try!

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Lori November 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

I am 57 – will be 58 next month. I started 3 weeks ago. Take 2 classes a week. I am loving this so far. I am feeling good about myself all ready. I have aches I haven’t had for awhile but I know it will get better. My trainer is a Kuk Sool Won master and knows what she’s doing but also makes this fun for me. Good luck!

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Mel March 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

Great idea getting the doc’s ok first, too. It’s policy at my gym that everyone does, from the kids upwards (probably a legal liability thing) but I think it’s important. By the way I was 39 when I started and horribly out of shape, and I wasn’t the youngest by, wait for it…20 years. Now I’m holding my own with people 10 years younger than me. So go for it!

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Johnny N April 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

20 years!!!!

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Mel April 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Yeah! Bought his grandson along and just stayed :) And just to prove everyone has something they’re naturally good at… I’ve seen young guys at the point of throwing up/passing out/crying for their mama and Dave’s still plugging away, nice and steady, looking like he could easily do this for another couple of hours.

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Mel March 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

Oh and John? My trainer discovered a cracker of a left hook I never dreamed I had….good luck, and enjoy the journey!

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manuel keith berard jr May 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

IM 30 years old guys started training in martial arts at 6 years old. I competed in many competitions,i also won 6 state championship titles an 4 junior national championship titles. In 1996 i was chosen to compete in the US junior olympics in orlando florida. I continued to compete for the next 4years,then i took sometime off to focus on other sports.But by the time i was 27 it had hit me to where i was missing it,so by the time i was 29 i decided make a comeback. But this time it was mma,september 29,2012 in alexandria,la i made my first mma debut at 162 lbs. So far i ve had 2 mma fights,but i got hurt during training for my 3 fight. Its been 6 months since i ve been in the cage,but im looking to come back this time an compete as a pro.

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Johnny N June 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Great dedication and heart you showing in coming back. Do you have any videos of yourself, Manuel?

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Brad June 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I started at the beginning of this year and I just turned 59! I only took four lessons but I learned a lot. Now I’m trying to figure out where to go from here. My coach only teaches to prepare for competition, something I won’t be doing.

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Rafael June 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Hi Johnny!
I’m 16 years old and recently started boxing. I want to continue with the sport through out my life, and actually becoming a pro champion. What do you think is this a good age to start my career or is it to late? I’m not sure because I know many pro’s started at a younger age then me. Will this give boxers a big advantage over me when i turn pro? Oh and I also haven’t done much sport before. So can I still become the best in the sport? What do you think and why do you think that way?
Thanks in advance:)

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Johnny N June 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

The answer is in the article, Rafael.

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Aaron B July 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it CAN ACHIEVE. Trust me, this is one of the truest sayings you’ll ever read/hear.
I boxed a little when I was in my late teens and early 20′s whilst serving in the British Royal Marine Commandos, but didn’t stick with it, though I fought in, and won 5 inter company bouts.
Now at the tender age of 32 years YOUNG, I am getting back into it. Why the hell not. I’m getting back into it with every intention of competing, probably on the new semi pro scene here in the United Kingdom and I have nothing but respect for those of you looking to start in this sport at an older age. Remember, never say ” I’m X amount of years OLD” ..always say “I’m X amount of years YOUNG”. I’m routing for all of you…good luck.

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Kyotay July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

Age has nothing to do with learning a new sport so long as you go slow and learn the basics. I am a 62 yo female and abt 2 months ago I got a friend to teach me how to use the speed bag. I practice almost every day and now i can do 7- 3min wkouts maintaining pretty good speed and rythym with a min rest between. i also-due to another friend- started using the heavy bag which is why I am checking out this site. I always wanted to learn how to box and now i finally am. I am in good shape cause i work-out anyway with weights, spin and elliptical etc but the boxing has added a whole new set of challenges and fun to my workouts.
Love your info Johnny-keep it coming please!

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Jim July 31, 2013 at 11:20 am

I posted once before about my 1st time sparring at 50 years old about a month ago. I tuned 50 in May, and joined a MMA gym here for kickboxing. I started out with their cardio kickboxing run by active fighters that have to go 3-5min rounds, sometimes 5-5min rounds. They expect a lot from people, and I can say I joined in good shape, but 10-11 rounds on heavy and speciality bags, with your break between rounds are usually push-ups, burpees, and planks were very tough at first, well they still are. The one trainer has us go 20 minutes with a 2 minute water break, and then another 20 minutes. After 40 minutes of bag, he finishes with 20 minutes of strength and conditioning. I still think to my self after the first couple rounds, how am I going to do 8-9 more, but you do some how. I joined a couple months ago at 155 lbs, and now I am at 137, and I eat more than I did before I joined.
The fighter that runs the advanced Muay Thai program, asked if I would join…I noticed him keeping an eye on me. Last night was my first night, and it’s a new level of hardest…almost 2 hours in the ring. After the first part, I was thinking, ” what did I get my self into”. I was glad it was over with, but can’t wait until tomorrow to see what trail by fire he has in store for me next.
He only picks maybe one person every 4 months to join his program (I’m guessing…I’ve been there 2 1/2 months and never seen anyone new added), and the place is loaded with teens, twenty-thirty year olds. So, please don’t think you’re too old. I will for sure post a youtube of my 1st fight…win or lose.

I always go to Jonny’s site when I have questions or need help, like new combinations to call out when working the pads.

Thanks again Johnny…you know I think a lot of you for what you do for us, and hope to at least buy you lunch or dinner next time your in Orange County. Let me know!

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Johnny N August 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

That would be awesome, Jim! I’ll let you know!

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Jim July 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

Sorry guys and gals…I meant hardness, not hardest.

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jason t August 16, 2013 at 5:17 am

just wondering guys if I can get some advice on something see heres the thing im turning 30 in February but keen to get into either mma,boxing or muay thai for the first time ever of any training and my goal is to work my ass off and get into competition but not really sure which one. I was just wondering what you guys think would be the best to get into competitively for someone my age out of these choices

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Johnny N August 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

Try it all. See which sport and environment you like best. They all offer different kinds of challenges and come with different types of gym attitudes.

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Aaron B August 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

Jason T, I wouldn’t say one or the other is perferable when considering age. Pick which gets your fire burning hottest and go for it. Being biased, I’d go for boxing purely because there is less to learn from a technical standpoint, I.e you’re not going to have to learn to use elbows, kicks, knees, grappling etc. Don’t be fooled though, it takes a lifetime to master the sweet science of boxing.
Take your pick, immerse and throw yourself into it with as much enthusiasm as you can muster. And never give up, never forget, the people who quit never knew how close to success they truly were when they quit.
Good luck

Aaron

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jason t August 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

cheers aaron that’s what I was also leaning towards and thinking also along the same lines about knees and elbows and kicks thanks mate ya put things into perspective

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David edwards August 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

I am 52 ,53 in November and I started boxersizing 2 years ago .I am now pretty fit and just learned the snapping punch after reading your articles johnny. .Great information on this site. Got my double end bag a few weeks ago which is so much fun .I am buying a speed ball next ,looking forward to implementing it to my daily workout .I am also doing this boxersizing for confidence as I have none due to very abusive dad as a child.I am suffering from post dramatic stress and depression and boxersizing has helped me so much .I recommend exercising to anyone suffering from mental health .
Keep up the good work johnny ,Best site for information .

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Steve September 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’m 5’8″ 26 years old 200lbs with 17% body fat, I wanted to know if I’m tall enough and young enough to start fighting in the cruiserweight or heavyweight division professionally, I like to fight , I have the heart to do it , I don’t have alot of boxing experience but think I can if I put in the work… I need an experts opinion…

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

If you think you can do it, DO IT! I’ll help you as best as I can, Steve. :)

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Armen September 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hi,I am 25,I just want to go boxing for fun,but I also have not bad physical characteristics…Is it too late,and also is it very dangerous to hurt health like big injuries…I do not speak english very well,but I think everybody can get the meaning what I wrote…I went to gym for app. 2 years during 4 years period with abruptions,will it help?

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

You’ll be fine, Armen. Train safely and enjoy.

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John September 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

No such thing as too old. I started when I was 19 and most of the people that was training with us and even competing were the same age as our trainers (mid 50′s). Personally I think a lot of the kids that start boxing and even other physically demanding sports at a really young age don’t last long because of the punishment they’ve taken over the years.

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

It’s true, John. Not only physical punishment but also the psychological punishment. Many of them lose motivation and eventually go into other things when they turn 18 and have the freedom to do whatever they want. I knew several talented fighters who at 18 would rather do anything else than be in a boxing gym because that’s how bored they were of the sport.

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nepia October 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

give up the smoke, cigarettes, booze n bullshit and you can do anything at any age my friends!

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AJ October 23, 2013 at 3:29 am

When I was a teenager I used to backyard box with kids I knew, that continued off and on as sparring partners were available until I was old enough to join the nearest boxing gym. I LOVED it. Your trainer will encourage and drive you to work beyond your limits, and when yourealize how much stronger you are then you had thought you will be filled with emotion.

Thus I encoyrage those thinking of boxing to do it. No matter your age
I am now 32 and have wanted to get back to my long lost passion. My concern is not so much age, butmyhealth. I was diagnosed with a neurological condition a few years ago(multiple sclerosis)

When it hit me I lost sensation in my left leg an bothfeet. Also balance is affected when i close my eyes. Mind you I am still strong, my legs have full power, its just that the nerves there arent relaying the message so the sensation is weakness.

Despite that I miss it and I too want to box (again) Good for fitness and self confidence an who knows maybe the first pro title holder with MS? Haha unlikely on the latter but the fun and great lifelong friends make it worth it!

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Johnny N November 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Haha, you never know!

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1moe_round November 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hey johnny ..first off let me say u and ur vids n website been a great help ..thanks fir thank ..im new to boxing ..very dedicated n u keep me motivated..havin a hard time finding someone to train me tho..can u help..im in chicago il

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Johnny N December 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

Search out different boxing gyms and call around. Boxing is a small world and maybe the trainers can give you some suggestions.

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manuel keith berard jr January 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

Hey johnny i looked at your text. No i dont have any videosat the moment.i plan on training in brazilian jujitsu soon. My wife doesnt want me back in the cage, but like i told her martial arts the only sport that makes me happy. I was born a warrior. ive been kicking and punching from the time i took my first step.lol johnny i fought in the cfc league out of alexandria.la. Now im back inmy home town lake charles.la.

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Maurice (call him mr.) wright January 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I will be 26 next month and fell in love with sport of boxing I want to become a pro never had any training I’m strong with big hands is 26 too late start and become a champion if not how do I get started

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Johnny N January 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Find a gym and start training, Maurice. Good luck to you! :)

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Greg March 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

Ok young men……I Am 56 and just started boxing. I have done martial arts for most of my life but never boxing and I wanted to learn something completely new. The workouts are great for cardio and you can work to failure a few good times in the training sessions ( just started two weeks ago ) but I look forward to getting my cardios to a point that the rest also starts to fall in place. Oh I am 56, but have the body of a 25 year old gymnast, work pays off!

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Johnny N April 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Ahhh…the gymnast body. Lucky you, Greg.

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Greg April 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Thanks Johnny,
Getting stronger day by day, no more gas outs during 3 rounds on the focus mits! One step at a time but I will offer myself as a sparring partner for the lighter weight fighters in the gym in June hahaha let you know how I do.
I was a fighter when I was young, but full contact Karate so have a feel for getting hit! Keep you posted

Greg

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Ivan May 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Am I too old to box? I had this question floating around in my head, and that’s what brought me here to this page. Now after reading the article and all the encouraging post, it’s safe to safe that I am definitely not too old to start boxing. I’m only 24. I’m not really looking to compete as a boxer, or become spectacular in a ring, or hit others, and I’m already in good shape and health. Instead my desire to box stems from somewhere else. I think everyone in the comments can understand this feeling; that inside of me is the spirit of a warrior, and I yearn to push myself to the limit, not for a win, but to feel the exhaustion of pouring everything I am into a single effort, testing my mind, body and spirit. Feeling the bond and brotherhood uniquely created when two men test each other, not out of hatred, but a love for greatness, to make ourselves and those around us always greater. I’m in college and summer break is weeks away, I plan to go to my local gym and pay for the summer, and hit up the gym every chance available. I’ve trained before but it was short, and I hope to learn a new craft, practice it well, make fun memories, cool friends, and find a bit of myself inside those ropes. I sincerely wish the best for everyone here, men and women, throw on those mitts and go after it! Cheers and God bless!

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John July 1, 2014 at 5:08 am

I boxed through my late late 30′s till 47 years old. You can do this if you are heavyweight class and be encouraged by Foreman who was like 48 and winning a world championship. I will tell you though that your reaction time slows down at about 38. Goes down from there. I love boxing but being over 47 and trying to compete outside the senior division is extremely frustrating! Your mind is in the fight but your mind to hand connection is slowed. You will see an opening and where when you were younger the punch would haveade it into that opening the lag of bing old makes you miss it. Same with defense. This is extremely frustrating. If you start at 47 then you will remember nothing better and for that it would be better for you. So if you want to be a boxer don’t set around thinking about it DO IT. Start as young as you can. Boxing is the best sport and at whatever age there is a place for you.But all the positive thinking in the world is not going to change getting old and boxing will remind you of this quicker than most other sports. Being old and boxing is humbling and can be dangerous if your not able to defend yourself and things just don’t heal and work like they did. 16 oz gloves and headgear sparing is OK but pro? If your over 39 in my opinion your going to get hurt. A mature boxing has a senior division check that out. Pro is scored different and your 16 oz gloves and headgear gibes way to 8oz or so and no headgear. Over 39 and these factors can hurt you bad so take care

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John July 1, 2014 at 5:26 am

One more thing. The lighter your class the sooner you will get out of boxing for reasons pointed out before. I have overcome physical injuries and kept on rocking but getting old sucks and all you can do is go with it. Work with younger kids encourage them to box. Get involved in that if you are 50 and you will find it much more rewarding that positive thinking your way into an ass whooping. Sorry to give the bad news trust me I would love to be 50 and still competing. Anyone telling you to start a pro career at 36 is after your money. If you had not made it by 20 your way behind. I know that today there are at your kids involved…ll these spa type boxing gyms. Try going to a real gym and see how much ring time you get being 30 and just starting out. There is the truth of it. Call me negative or bad attitude or whatever but pro boxing is no joke and out of respect for the sport I spoke the truth. Sad as it is. Give it all in your youth. Do not think you can put it off. Ge your kids involved

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dkb July 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

johnny i have a few questions message me back asap

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Amrita August 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

Boxing is a game changer for life, my life certainly. Started in my late 30s, and I love this sport more than ever 4 years down the line.

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Dennis August 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

I’m 30, and it is my personal goal to compete in a few amateurs by the end of this year. I enjoy the technical aspect very much, not to mention the mental and physical workout. I started training about a 1.5 years ago by taking a few classes a week. Now I’m going 4-5 times, running about 3 times a week. After sparring today, I realized I’ve got some more work to do.

There are times when I ask myself why am I doing this, risking my body to injury. Why am I the oldest person at my gym wanting to compete? Why not? Hopefully I can use this as an example of determination for my kids. I guess I like the adrenaline and the dynamics. Basically, I can’t stand doing the opposite; going to the gym and lifting. After reading a bunch of comments, I realized I should continue strong with my goal and move on the next challenge in my life, whatever that may be. And if I don’t end up competing, I’m in the best shape of my life and feel great. I’ve come a long way from bring a round kid brought up on fast food.

Hopefully there are “older” folks that still have the drive to compete, or at least get into the sport :)

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Dennis August 26, 2014 at 12:45 am

I should say an example of determination for my kids when I have them.

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Mario September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Good day or evening.
I have one question for experts here.
I am 24 years old atm.
Stand at 6,4 to 6,6
Have around 190 lbs
Train basketball since age 12 to age 21 but stop it.
Now looking for some new challenge that come in my life.
Its Boxing. But have one problem. Have destroyed feet the right one. Only can wear deep shoes.
Woneder if i be a good boxer and go like pro even i have problem with this right feet.
I am really fast on my feets. Have strong mind. I am more like fighter inside.
Is it late for me to start train at age 25 and become pro?
If anyone can reply me bc i need good advice.
Thank you.

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