Originally Posted by el***
Youre right it was over 50!
Hes the only guy that I can think of that fought pro in 5 different decades.
60s through 2000's.
Theres a pretty lot that did 4 decades. foreman was close to getting 5, had he made his second comeback that his wife talked him out of he would have had 5.
Speaking of which, I read that Larry Holmes was 52 when he had his last pro fight...against BUTTERBEAN lol. It was one of the few times Eric "Butterbean" Esch fought more than a 4 round fight. The guy could bang, but he was kind of a joke and goofball and knew it, he even tried his hand at kickboxing and MMA, I believe, with little success. Anyway, it was a 10 round unanimous decision win for Holmes. Larry also fought a rematch with Bonecrusher Smith for some kind of title belt they created for older fighters. If so many of these guys hang around for so long, they should just start some kind of seniors circuit, like they do with golf and just let the over 40 guys beat the hell out of each other. At least then, it's a little more even.
What the hell's a Butterbean anyway, gotta look that up.
Okay found it, it's another name for a lima bean or runner bean.