Mamby, 60, and Barkley 47, will be fighting in separate bouts in Idaho on Feb 23

By Tom Hatheway: Saoul Mamby was the first fighter in boxing history to fight in five different decades. Turning pro in 1969 and having his last fight in 2000. Most believe Roberto Duran was the first to do this but not so. His fight on May 19, 2000 preceded Duran's 2000 bout on June 16 of that year. Duran beat local Pat Lawlor in that bout via 12 round decision. He went on to decision Patrick Goosen on August 12, and finished up with a decision loss to Hector Camacho in July 2001..

Mamby was the WBC Lightweight Champion from 1980-1982, making five successful defenses.

Barkley active 1982-1999 was WBC Middleweight Champion from 1988-1989, IBF Supermiddleweight Champion from 1992-1993, and WBA Lt. Heavyweight Champion in 1992. He is also the only man to beat Thomas Hearns twice.

Lets hope for a safe, healthy return for these two legends.

Article posted on 18.02.2008

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