View Full Version : Fighters who become champion for the first time past there prime

04-14-2009, 06:18 PM
Jake la motta was on the slide when he finally got the belt. Also alot of old boxing writers say jack johnson was also past his peak when he becme champion. Archie moore was 39 and had been frozen out the title picture for 10 years when he become champion. Harry greb was fighting with one eye, and had 4 or 5 grueling fights with gene tuney by the time he become champion. Any more?

Lord Cornholio
04-14-2009, 06:41 PM
Jersey Joe Wolcott and Sonny Liston

04-14-2009, 06:44 PM
Glen Johnson was later in his career when he 1st won a belt.

mickey malone
04-14-2009, 09:01 PM
I think Sambu Kalamby was knocking on a bit..

Real King Kong
04-14-2009, 09:22 PM
Mike Tyson, he was in his prime before he was born apparently

04-14-2009, 09:44 PM
just because they are older doesnt mean they are past their prime

04-15-2009, 12:31 AM
Ezzard Charles

04-23-2009, 11:17 PM
Joe Gans fought 12 years before winning the lightweight crown.


04-24-2009, 04:42 AM
I think Sambu Kalamby was knocking on a bit..

Sort of. He was about thirty or maybe late twenties or something. He did have a lot of fights though before he became champion.

04-25-2009, 11:40 AM
Would be a looooong list. I think a lot of fighters are at their best when striving for the title, once they have got it they lose the hunger. Hence some potentially great champions only seem to make a couple of defenses and slide, age isn't always a factor in that. Its why I use longevity of reign as a big factor when selecting ATG's.
Liston does come to mind 1st.

04-25-2009, 07:15 PM
nate campbell, he was 36 when he won the 135 lb belts