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  • Boxing Posted on 01 February 2014

    The Amateur Boxing Association of the United Kingdom


    states that - upon a boxer's 34th birthday he must hand his boxing certificate back to the Association and that he is no longer allowed to compete as an amateur boxer. Similar rules are held throughout every country in the Western world. However, all this is about to change. In December 2011, the rules will be changed so that men and women can continue to box until their 40th birthday. This marks a big change in the world of boxing. Boxing, being the toughest and most direct of sports, also has the greatest history of any combative art. British boxing is very similar to its counterpart - fencing; in its skill level, the level of accuracy, dedication and reaction speed needed.
    The average person taking part in a boxing club in the United Kingdom is 17 years old. Boxing is a sport that pays to start off early in most professional boxers started between their 7th and 10th birthday. But, with the change of rules, it begs the question, "Is it ever too late to start boxing?"

    If a 34 year old was to start the pugilistic art, would he be able to gain the necessary cardiovascular fitness in order to be competitive against his far more experienced rivals? Would he be able physically
    to keep up with the other members of the club? Could he use his experience and perhaps superior strength to be triumphant? If he had to study boxing as a science, would he be able to box competitively?

    On December the 21st, I will be 34, and I've always held a secret ambition to box. With two black belts and three gold medals in martial art championships, I believe that I have the athleticism to take up such an art. However, I've never been struck and involved in such a direct and bloody conflict that boxing involves.

    To me, it would be the ultimate adventure to start the sport at the age that traditionally others would be banned, and to fight against age, inexperience and my own fear to eventually take part in a boxing match. I don't have to win. I don't need to be a champion. But for me, I just want to prove that someone of my age can do it. I just want to
    prove that I can do it. 

    Now, I've been to our local boxing club and I've seen the young, aggressive lads taking part. I've seen how far they run, and my fitness is nowhere near theirs, and has never been so. But, I'm sure that I can find a way. And, if it requires traveling the country to train with the greatest coaches, and to get tips from world champions,
    maybe that something that I'm willing to do.

    But, with the fear of a detached retina or brain damage in mind, many people around me question whether someone of my age should box; whether this change in the laws is a good thing, or whether it's irresponsible. However, in my heart, I know that, if there's time in my life I'm going to do something like this. It's going to have to be now.

    And maybe this project, my boxing isn't just about my wanting to compete, or wanting to prove something to myself. Maybe I want to show that the world never should count a man out no matter what his age, no matter how old he is; you just never know what someone might be capable of.

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