View Full Version : best age to start boxing/when you started


aussieboxer2320
01-22-2008, 04:53 AM
just wonderin what every1 thought was the best age 2 start or when u personally started boxing

xSOUTHPAWx
01-22-2008, 05:16 AM
doesnt matter if you have talent.. itll come through..

sport requires.

nerves of steel..
lots of heart..
dedication..
and well.. glassjaw kinda hurts u..

aussieboxer2320
01-22-2008, 06:39 AM
yeah thats true

Chris.Downs
01-22-2008, 11:35 AM
i started about the age of 8 and then stopped at 15 am starting up again soon though. Depends on yourself when you feel ready!

Detroit101
01-22-2008, 12:36 PM
I started @ 28....I wish I would have started when I was 15.....back then my parents wouldnt let me because I got in too many fights as it was....And they were right in doing so....Now that I am older I have far more discipline than when I was younger and I will make the most of my training noe...I also am taking it much more serious....

sukhenkoy
01-22-2008, 01:26 PM
I started @ 28....I wish I would have started when I was 15.....back then my parents wouldnt let me because I got in too many fights as it was....And they were right in doing so....Now that I am older I have far more discipline than when I was younger and I will make the most of my training noe...I also am taking it much more serious....

I'm just starting at 17...wish I started at like 10 or something though. Detroit, do you have any amateur fights yet? How long did it take for you to have your first fight (if you had one) since you first started boxing?

mr tricky
01-22-2008, 02:03 PM
im from middlesbrough ive been training for almost 1 year now for my first amature fight i dont know wen tis going to come cud be monts cud be weeks cud be years

Detroit101
01-22-2008, 03:26 PM
I'm just starting at 17...wish I started at like 10 or something though. Detroit, do you have any amateur fights yet? How long did it take for you to have your first fight (if you had one) since you first started boxing?

No, I havent had any amatuer fights yet....I just started sparring though and have been training 4x per week with a coach for 3 months....I hope to start fighting within a year but ultimately that decision is up to my coach, and how good i can implement what I have been taught....

How about you? have you sparred anyone yet?

the330ballers
01-22-2008, 04:18 PM
started at 16.
should have started at like.. 8. lol

boxer Of thE World
01-22-2008, 04:26 PM
started at 14 now im 17 and i feel pretty confident

aussieboxer2320
01-22-2008, 07:37 PM
i started at 12 im 13 nearly 14 now im getin ready to hav my second amateur fight hopefully in late march

punchDrUnK MONK
01-22-2008, 07:40 PM
i started at 18.. joined gym at 20.

id say ther best age to join at is anything under 20 u will have full potential to grow to the best u can be, its all about hard work.. ppl who start at 8 and box for 10 years... can be just as advanced as a dedicated 24 year old who has been boxing since 20-21.. its all about hard work

aussieboxer2320
01-22-2008, 08:07 PM
thats true but even so i wish i had started at 7 or 8 instead of 12 but 12 is still an ok age i guess

fraidycat
01-22-2008, 08:33 PM
Started at 35. :banana:

BrooklynBomber
01-22-2008, 08:38 PM
When I was 14.

sukhenkoy
01-22-2008, 10:10 PM
No, I havent had any amatuer fights yet....I just started sparring though and have been training 4x per week with a coach for 3 months....I hope to start fighting within a year but ultimately that decision is up to my coach, and how good i can implement what I have been taught....

How about you? have you sparred anyone yet?

No not yet. Only have 5 sessions with the trainer so far. I hope to do it soon though...

danny stash
01-23-2008, 10:27 AM
I started at 26 and I am so thankful I did. At 29 (just turned) I am confident that I can take on some pretty decent competition.

chris_cov
01-23-2008, 02:14 PM
stated at 18 im now 19 and have had 2 bouts. lost my 1st by a majority decision and won my 2nd. age doesnt matter that much i spar with a few lads who have been doin it since they was kids as long as u keep working at it you will be fine. ur coaches will look after you aswell they will not match u until ur ready.

aussieboxer2320
01-24-2008, 04:43 AM
yeah thts true if u work hard u will succeed

thorshammer
05-13-2009, 02:39 PM
I have a 6 year old who wanted to go boxing training when he was 5 (he asked to go I have a 24 and 16 year old who have never been in a boxing gym) and according to his trainers has great potential, hand speed 0.24 seconds (fastest in his U9s group), huge left hook hence he is called 'Thor's Hammer' already sparred with a 7 year old and loved it and has no fear. blah blah blah

The thing is bought him a face guard, Everlast boxing gloves from America ect just how long until he thinks oh sod this and does something else!

Southpaw16BF
05-13-2009, 03:09 PM
Here is a list of boxers who didn't start at a young age...
.Jeff Chandler-19
.Glen Johnson-20
.Harry Greb-18
.Dick Tiger-19
.Kermin Cintron-19
.Dwight Muhhamed Qawi-25
.Nate Campbell-24
.Choi Tseveenpurev-22
.Earnie Shavers 21/22
.Manuel Ortiz-20
.Rocky Marciano-23
.Ronald Hearns-24
.Kevin Johnson-18
.James "BoneCrusher" Smith-Mid 20's
.Ron Lyle-29
.John Davison-25
.Hasim Rahman-20
.DaVarryl Williamson-25
.Ken Norton-22
.Sonny Liston-18
.Max Bear-18
.Audley Harrison-19/20
.David Banks-20's
.Jess Wilard-30
.Jorge Barriors-23
.Jamel McCline-25
.Ola Afolabi-19
.Jesse Ferguson-25
.Martin Rogan-28
.Jimmy Young-19
.Scott Pemberton-26

dchampishere
05-13-2009, 04:16 PM
Here is a list of boxers who didn't start at a young age...
.Jeff Chandler-19
.Glen Johnson-20
.Harry Greb-18
.Dick Tiger-19
.Kermin Cintron-19
.Dwight Muhhamed Qawi-25
.Nate Campbell-24
.Choi Tseveenpurev-22
.Earnie Shavers 21/22
.Manuel Ortiz-20
.Rocky Marciano-23
.Ronald Hearns-24
.Kevin Johnson-18
.James "BoneCrusher" Smith-Mid 20's
.Rony Lyle-29
.John Davison-25
.Hasim Rahman-20
.DaVarryl Williamson-25
.Ken Norton-22
.Sonny Liston-18
.Max Bear-18
.Audley Harrison-19/20
.David Banks-20's
.Jess Wilard-30
.Jorge Barriors-23
.Jamel McCline-25
.Ola Afolabi-19
.Jesse Ferguson-25
.Martin Rogan-28
.Jimmy Young-19
.Scott Pemberton-26
very nice research, i started boxing when i was 7 years old 236 am fights. starting young has advantages and disadvantages but what really matters is your willpower, if you think you can you can. my advice is when you get the urge than that was the right age for you to start, remember this is a personal journey of self-discovery never compair yourself with others.

Ogecca MaMa
05-13-2009, 04:27 PM
best age to start..at 5-6 yrs old

Alkie
05-13-2009, 10:26 PM
Started when I was 11. Not too seriously. 17 now, taking training a lot more seriously now.

Warrior25
05-14-2009, 10:50 AM
i started at 25 just to keep fit my trainer saw potential and pushed me to fight at the south african pro trials my perfomance earned me my pro ticket now i got my first fight coming up in june. so i am only on the first step but age matters not i think. once you get to 30 the last thing you want is the younger guys punching your head off.:D:D:D

PR Boxer
05-14-2009, 05:28 PM
Here is a list of boxers who didn't start at a young age...
.Jeff Chandler-19
.Glen Johnson-20
.Harry Greb-18
.Dick Tiger-19
.Kermin Cintron-19
.Dwight Muhhamed Qawi-25
.Nate Campbell-24
.Choi Tseveenpurev-22
.Earnie Shavers 21/22
.Manuel Ortiz-20
.Rocky Marciano-23
.Ronald Hearns-24
.Kevin Johnson-18
.James "BoneCrusher" Smith-Mid 20's
.Rony Lyle-29
.John Davison-25
.Hasim Rahman-20
.DaVarryl Williamson-25
.Ken Norton-22
.Sonny Liston-18
.Max Bear-18
.Audley Harrison-19/20
.David Banks-20's
.Jess Wilard-30
.Jorge Barriors-23
.Jamel McCline-25
.Ola Afolabi-19
.Jesse Ferguson-25
.Martin Rogan-28
.Jimmy Young-19
.Scott Pemberton-26

Add to that list Wilfredo Vazquez -21, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. - 21 and Sergio Martinez, 20.

bbos
05-14-2009, 06:37 PM
started when i was 16, in my opinion its best for a kid to start in the teens, boxing causes brain damage, not a good thing for a young kid thats still growing.

Akucapri
05-19-2009, 06:43 PM
Starting young has limited advantages, someone starting at age of 8 with average talent getting in the ring at the age of 23 with someone else aged 23 when he started at 19 who has tremendious talent...

well you know the outcome, it aint football(soccer), you need to be born with it to be succesful and time to hone it.

glidesmack
05-19-2009, 08:38 PM
Great list of fighters who started not too young. Look at greb and marciano.

All you really need to know is there's a guy named bernard hopkins who might be the best fighter in the world and is 44 and there was a guy named george foreman who almost definitely wasn't the best fighter in the world and was still world heavyweight champ at 45.

j
05-19-2009, 10:54 PM
i started contact sparring in karate before i was ten. it made me definitely comfortable during anything physical when i was a teenager.

so, i would say getting a kid introduced lightly to contact arts at an age like 7 or 8, and take him a bit farther when he is in his mid teens or so may be best.

u dont wanna help make a kid to be a bully or a bad-ass person though.


so mental maturity helps a great deal, and is why i consider this to be a personal measure more than a general measure.

i have met am boxers when i was a late teen, who, at 3 or 4 years younger than me, thought they were so tough and had the exact wrong attitude that a real fighter should have.

problem is that i doubt that most boxing clubs spend time on developing a person's attitude, spirit, and mental faculties.

the best fighters, as i always say, strive to compete with themselves. not with other people.

F l i c k e r
05-20-2009, 01:17 AM
I gotta agree with J's best fighter theory.

Personally, I started kyokushin karate(combat activity) before I was in pre-school(3-4 ish). Since then I have been all over the place. Never have considered myself a western "boxer" though. :dunno:

Always a martial artist before anything else.

j
05-20-2009, 02:01 AM
I gotta agree with J's best fighter theory.

Personally, I started kyokushin karate(combat activity) before I was in pre-school(3-4 ish). Since then I have been all over the place. Never have considered myself a western "boxer" though. :dunno:

Always a martial artist before anything else.

thanks man. i think it is a general attitude amongst all fighters.

yeah, i too started karate before i was in 3rd grade. and lemme say it helped formed me into not being afraid of physical contact and also had a big part of being physically disciplined.

i eventually graduated to chinese boxing. and the previous sparring and learning kicks and punches as a kid helped me a lot. of course by that time, i had gotten into many fights, tested what worked better, and developed a fighter's mentality.

me too - always a martial artists before anything.

hey, i'll PM in a minute.

Leakbeak
05-20-2009, 05:55 AM
I started @ 28....I wish I would have started when I was 15.....back then my parents wouldnt let me because I got in too many fights as it was....And they were right in doing so....Now that I am older I have far more discipline than when I was younger and I will make the most of my training noe...I also am taking it much more serious....

Don't know about that mate. Martial arts and boxing kept me out of trouble and stopped me from looking for fights in the street! Nowadays I know it is too easy and I'm more worried about hurting them and it they will deffo hold your training against you in court. I know someone who knocked someone out and they died so they got 2 years for manslaughter after initially being charged for murder. Eventually they got their name and record cleared in High court after numerous appeals, but had served their sentence by then!!!