View Full Version : Am I over the hill???


britnostalgic
11-20-2008, 07:20 PM
I've been boxing on and off for about six years and would like to fight for an Amature boxing club, but I'm 33 years old... is this too old.

I'm a little out of shape, but would be willing to put in the work if possible to train and fight with an ABA club.

JulioCesaChavez
11-20-2008, 07:51 PM
Your main obstacle is finding a club that would be willing to take you, assuming you are good enough. You should have made a move on this six years ago as am's are not allowed to box beyond 35 for some gay reason!

Equilibrium
11-20-2008, 07:54 PM
I've been boxing on and off for about six years and would like to fight for an Amature boxing club, but I'm 33 years old... is this too old.

I'm a little out of shape, but would be willing to put in the work if possible to train and fight with an ABA club.

If thats what you want to do, just go for it man. 33 is still young.

JulioCesaChavez
11-20-2008, 08:06 PM
If thats what you want to do, just go for it man. 33 is still young.

I agree, but I think he will have problems finding a trainer who thinks it is worth while taking a 33 year old to shows. Trainers in england rarely give a **** about young people in their 20's unless they are heavies or very good, which is why most adult boxers tend to go into pro's. If he can find someone who will take him to shows, he should go for it rather than mope about it later on. The 35 year old age limit in the am's is absolutely ****ing ridiculous. Most of the best boxers in the world are probably above that age or near enough. They are young enough to fight 12x3 by pro rules but not 3x2 or 4x2 by am rules!!! I'd contact Age Concern, but they might say I am too young...

britnostalgic
11-21-2008, 10:58 AM
I was boxing for an ABA club around a year ago, but I lied about my age just so they would help train me... it worked out until my trainer met someone I know, who let slip how old I really was.

Luckily I know a few boxing trainers at a local city club and they reckon I should come train with 'em... i'm 6 ft 1 and everyone tells me I have a real good jab, a few people feel I'm not aggressive enough, but I argue that its because I'm sparring and not fighting for real.

I'm around 15 and a half stone, with a good reach - so hopefully if I can up the fitness I might get a shot.

JulioCesaChavez
11-21-2008, 01:02 PM
What do you mean by boxing for a club? if you were competing they should have known how old you were when you went for a medical.

TBH, you can have some am's but you left it a bit too late. People may cite Popkins or Foreman as examples of never too old, but they started off when they were in their teens. You can have a few outings as a recreational fighter if you are lucky. go for it, but I gotta warn ya that alot of clubs won't take too kindly to the fact that you have less than 2 years left. Protest to your ABA about their gay age limit!

britnostalgic
11-21-2008, 08:24 PM
What do you mean by boxing for a club? if you were competing they should have known how old you were when you went for a medical.

Never sent me for a medical, I think thats only if you fight for them... i've only ever done the training with an ABA club.

TBH, you can have some am's but you left it a bit too late. People may cite Popkins or Foreman as examples of never too old, but they started off when they were in their teens. You can have a few outings as a recreational fighter if you are lucky. go for it, but I gotta warn ya that alot of clubs won't take too kindly to the fact that you have less than 2 years left. Protest to your ABA about their gay age limit!

Well I hope I'll be ok, if I could get five fights under my belt then who knows... but this is my worry, i'm not sure no matter how hard I train that a club will take me seriously because of my age. I really don't think its fair... i was all ready to fight ABA about four years ago, but stupidly a few weeks before the fight I got a knee injury playing footy, but like I said I've kept active and trained at a few clubs since, but I finally had an op on my knee about it 6 months ago and now my knee is stronger than ever.

Darkstranger
11-21-2008, 09:30 PM
Bro it's never too late to compete. You havn't said you wanna be a world champion, you just wanna compete. I remember having problems finding a club at the age of 27, they just weren't interested.

Try and get yourself a few fights until your 35 then you might have to go the white collar boxing route to carry on competing.

Good luck!

:boxing:

Viktor777
11-22-2008, 06:20 PM
Go for it, you'r still young. And after 35 you can still box except only with people 35 and up.

JulioCesaChavez
11-22-2008, 07:31 PM
Go for it, you'r still young. And after 35 you can still box except only with people 35 and up.Never heard of that mate. Must be a recreational boxing thing? Still. I don't understand ho people can win world titles in their 40's but can't box amateur at tender age od 35! Pathetic! That rule is a stupi ol antique and needs to go.

Never sent me for a medical, I think thats only if you fight for them... i've only ever done the training with an ABA club.



Well I hope I'll be ok, if I could get five fights under my belt then who knows... but this is my worry, i'm not sure no matter how hard I train that a club will take me seriously because of my age. I really don't think its fair... i was all ready to fight ABA about four years ago, but stupidly a few weeks before the fight I got a knee injury playing footy, but like I said I've kept active and trained at a few clubs since, but I finally had an op on my knee about it 6 months ago and now my knee is stronger than ever.
WHAT!? You injuured your knee 4 years ago when you were also about to box and got it repaired now? You're nuts mate and were kinda asking for this situation. I injured my knee in footy too and demanded an op ASAP. They will **** you abotu and send you to physio but you gotta tell 'em the **** is ****ing you up so they fix it. Not exaggerate, but EXPRESS your symptoms and the doc will send you to the op table to fix it. Now that you're back make sure you tell the club you really want to fight for the fun of it. Seems like your someone who is indecisive. No offence, but failure to take action and procastinating puts you in such situations all the time and you got nobody to blame but yourself. Your knew should have been fixed back then and then you would have had more opportunities.

britnostalgic
11-23-2008, 12:12 AM
At first I thought it would get better, then I went to the hospital, had a few scans and everything... I simply couldn't run or anything at the time. The scans showed there was nothing wrong with my knee and the doctor recommended I just rest it.

But it never got better, and everytime I told my doc he'd just refer me back to the hospital and I'd go through the same dumb ass process from scratch. Eventually I paid private and had keyhole surgery on my knee... it took me a long time to save for the operation, as the NHS wouldn't acknowledge I had a problem with my knee. This is why It went on for so long.

Its not my fault, I simply refuse to accept that.

JulioCesaChavez
11-23-2008, 01:59 AM
Tha's weird. i had an EU health card when I was studying n England and they hooked me up in 4 months just like everyone else. Waiting list was actually 3.5 months. 2 weeks to see consultant who immediately detected no ligament and I told him I box, so he said go physio but you're going on waiting list. You shoul complain as there wa sno reason to go private. At one point I was gonna file a complaint and said you're making me wait to go back to Marseille for the op (where the hospitals are better!) at which point they sorted me right out. your story is very bizzare as the scan should have shown the problem. Mine was detected on his inspection table? He sat on my foot when my leg was bent and pulled on bck of my calves, then booked me in for op. 6 months later I had fully recovered (I got huge footy hamstrings so graft went well) and was back in ring. I think you should complain

britnostalgic
11-23-2008, 07:39 AM
lol... it's a long story and yes, very bizzarre - my daughter broke her arm at the shoulder part when she was about one years old, the same hospital scanned her and said she'd just bruised it. We took her back a few hours later as she was crying non stop, another doctor knew straight away that she'd broken it.

I felt like turning into a wrecking machine and smashing up the first doctor she saw, but where would that of got me. You can't fight a system that is run by a mafia style government... :oops:

The NHS would close down if everyone were to take legal action against it... it's just accepted that its a bad public service, but people hope they'll be ok. The Doctors are just designed to get you in and out ASAP, they'll phob you off with 'try this for six weeks and come back if it doesn't work'... 50 later and your still in the same boat but out of pocket.

Anyway, I'm gonna end this thread now before I get myself into trouble or get the rep of being a complete moaner.

KostyaTszyu44
11-23-2008, 04:37 PM
.Luckily I know a few boxing trainers at a local city club and they reckon I should come train with 'em.

well start ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

JUHL
11-23-2008, 08:46 PM
only one way to find out...... Join a gym! dont waste another day!

britnostalgic
11-24-2008, 05:53 AM
I ran for the first time at 5am this morning, did eight miles - I only normally do four... to be honest I could have kept going as I wasn't out of breath, but my legs were starting to hurt a little. I planned the route in the car a few days earlier, so I know the complete round trip is eight miles exactly. It's great running at this time in the morning, the air quality is so much better, can't believe I'd never considered this before.

So what sort of distance and how often should I run for a 4x2min round fight, especially considering I also do gym work and boxing twice a week?

One more question, I work in an office... smack bang in the middle of a retarded town, that thinks it's a city... the staff canteen only serves up Crispy Chicken, chips or burgers. What sort of snacks or other food should I eat at work, it's so difficult as people are always bringing in cakes or chocolates celebrating birthdays and stuff. Is there a quick snaky fix or recommended food I can sink my teeth into at work that will keep me full, at the moment I'm always hungry?