View Full Version : what boxer has had the latest prime in there career??

12-25-2005, 05:19 PM
I gotta say lennox the dude turned pro in 89 and his prime was like 99-02. what the **** :confused:

12-25-2005, 05:27 PM
Yeah lewis was at his sharpest ever for his second fight with Rahman, he was never as sharp as that for any of his other fights, although his hatred for Rahman and the fact his lecacy was on the line contributed to that i'm sure.

12-25-2005, 05:30 PM
What about old Jersey Joe Walcott, who started his career in 1930, yet was having some of the best fights of his career some twenty years later?

Archie Moore & Bob Fitzsimmons are worth mentioning, as well, seeing as how both of them were still going very strong into their 20th years in the sport.

12-25-2005, 05:50 PM
I say sugar ray robinson also. hell even ali. H e had like 2 primes in my opinion the 60s and the 70s

12-25-2005, 08:29 PM
archie moore.

12-25-2005, 09:25 PM
Archie Moore.

Larry Holmes was pretty good late in his career.

Joe Frazier looked pretty good in the 70's, and so did Ali. Ali wasn't in his physical prime anymore, but he was a smarter fighter in the 70's.

Lennox Lewis is worth mentioning as well.

12-27-2005, 01:48 PM
I say sugar ray robinson also. hell even ali. H e had like 2 primes in my opinion the 60s and the 70s

Hard to call it prime when he couldn't beat Norton convincingly, get whopped by Frazier and lost to Young. But until Foreman fight he was quite close to his best when he wanted to.

12-27-2005, 03:58 PM
I was referring to the Ali of 1970-1974. After that his career was basically a travelling show to make money all over the world. Many people say that his fights were the biggest waste of money in the mid to late 70's.

Holmes is still near the top of my list; he was like 98 when he fought Tyson and he did better than Micheal Spinks.

George Foreman did win the title in his 40's, and he put up a whale of a fight against a pretty good Holyfield (with or without Evander's head-butt of doom).

03-05-2006, 03:19 AM
didnt depmsey surge late also

03-05-2006, 06:52 AM
Mike Tyson for sure.

03-05-2006, 12:55 PM
archie moore defintley

he was the only fighter i have ever seen in history who was still in his prime at 40 years old. archie is simply a freak of nature

03-05-2006, 02:34 PM
The guys in my sig and av lately. Toney and Hopkins retained their skills, toughness and fighting ability late into their careers.

Roberto Duran is another guy who fought well late in his career...beating Barkley and Castro when he was an old man. :D

03-05-2006, 02:37 PM
Archie Moore- guy is like no fighter i've seen,probably the only guy that fought from Jim Braddocks Time (even though he was lhw at the time) to Ali's time. he fought nearly 30 years, crazy/

Jersey Joe Walcott he was most prime against Marciano at age 38

Frazier's 15th round
03-05-2006, 03:23 PM
Yeah, I was thinking Walcott as well.

03-05-2006, 04:23 PM
Everyone you guys mentioned and Antonio Tarver aswell soon.

03-05-2006, 05:09 PM
we also shouldnt leave bernard hopkins out. he probably reached his peak at age 36 years old when he knocked out tito.

03-06-2006, 02:39 AM
didnt depmsey surge late also

no, not really.

Famoso Matador
03-06-2006, 02:49 AM
Glen Johnson is a late bloomer

03-06-2006, 07:51 AM
archie moore.
This is correct

04-01-2006, 05:36 PM
The 3 that come immediately to mind are Archie Moore, Bernard Hopkins and Daniel Zaragoza. A couple of others that were still very good in their late 30s were Mike McCallum and of course George Foreman.

So many fighters are reaching their peak well into their 30s today, probably due in large measure to the fact that today's fighters generally fight 6 to 12 times per year when they're on the rise for their 1st few years, and then if they hit the big time, only 2 to 3 times per year after that. There are a few exceptions, guys like Buck Smith and Marty Jakubowski, but long gone are the days of fighters like Harry Greb, fighting 30 to 40 times per year. Even Duane Bobick fought a lot more than most heavyweights today. This allows the modern fighters to stay at or near their prime for longer, well into their 30s or even early 40s such as Bernard Hopkins.

Style has a lot to do with longevity. Sluggers who take a lot of shots usually don't last long. Skilled outside boxers who can sometimes go through an entire fight without getting hit by more than grazing blows can last well into their 30s or early 40s if they stay in shape. Larry Holmes was actually better at avoiding punishment than Ali, and so his prime lasted a bit longer for example.