I’ll stick with George Foreman as the greatest comeback. odds were more against him.Posted February 26, 2014 10:19 am
Floyds got male pattern boldness and female pattern fear of blind dates.Posted February 26, 2014 9:29 am
“Aliens are guy with green cards… Hopkins was born in the good old USA” originally and still inhabited by “aliens” who didn’t have to cross or be dragged across an entire ocean before being dumped in the “gold old USA”, i.e., “alien” homeland. TARK, you know the history. stop sounding like some mullet-head from deep inside Georgia.Posted February 25, 2014 9:59 pm
They will let anyone submit an article on ESB, lol! What utter gawbage!Posted February 25, 2014 7:24 pm
The greatest comeback fighter ever was Vitali Klitschko…
Foreman comeback at the age of 38 and fought 20 chumps to pad his record before he stepped in with Holyfield. He lost to Holy, lost to Morrison, lost to Briggs.
Vitaii Klitschko came back at the age of 37 after 4 years off. His first fight was a complete domination and stoppage of Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter, who was 30-1 and had lost one decision, to Wladimir Klitschko, while knocking Wladimir down 3 times … VK won 11 straight Heavyweight Championship Fights, is now 42—and might still fight some more if he doesn’t win the Ukrainian presidential election next year.Posted February 25, 2014 6:12 pm
I still picked George Foreman as the greatest comeback fighter. He had a look of being overweight, old and bold. He hung in there. Sure he fought chumps but you got to remember I call him the greatest comebackfighter becuase of one reason. He disappeared from the boxing scene for years then cameback. Not like Hopkins or these others that continued to fight continually.Posted February 25, 2014 5:29 pm
Foreman failed against Holyfield and Morrison. He was getting beaten badly by Moorer until MM stuck his chin out. At least Holmes beat Mercer and McCall without getting beaten up. Moorer was the only KO Foreman scored in his last 7 fights and it was a miracle. Foreman fought low grade challengers like Crawford Grimsley and Lou Saverese and couldn’t even deck them … He certainly didn’t want to fight Bowe, Tyson, Ruddock, Holmes, Mercer, or McCall.Posted February 25, 2014 5:19 pm
sometimes fighters don’t age in the ring, ali was never the same after his forced hiatus.Posted February 25, 2014 1:22 pm
George Foreman was the greatest comeback ever in a fighter. It’s not how old you are that you win at its the comeback. All odds were against George and he won the heavyweight title.Posted February 25, 2014 10:24 am
You don’t need that for boxing. You need to box well. Holmes beat Mercer at 42. Hopkins beat Pascal at 46. Those guys couldn’t box. If they could they would have kicked ass.Posted February 25, 2014 12:54 am
Its part genetics and part lifestyle. Some guys are old in their late 20s, some are still very young in their early 30s. Simply put professional athletes need and should have benchmark levels of fitness when they train for a fight. When they start to drop off these benchmarks they are starting to get older. Things like maximum distance over 20min run times, repeated 3min interval run times, number of pushups/situps in 3min should all be measures when in training camp.Posted February 25, 2014 12:47 am
Pundit… “The odds are not in your favor in fighting sports.”
Sure they are… Experience is a BIG deal. Randy Couture was 48 when he stopped James Toney in the 1st round..
Only time Toney was ever stopped in 80 fights. Of course Toney was a novice at MMA. That’s what happens. A master can beat a novice whatever his age.Posted February 25, 2014 12:27 am
Give me a break… Hopkins is 49 years old… That’s old man… I guarantee you he’ll never fighting Sergei Kovalev… Aliens are guy with green cards… Hopkins was born in the good old USA.
Floyd is 37… NOT so old… He’s probably peaking right now… Two fights a year in his home town??? Not bad.Posted February 24, 2014 11:30 pm
All the gym sparring is a bigger factor in wearing down boxers than the actual fight according to trainers and boxers themselves. And it only takes on brutal fight to alter your health for the worse.Posted February 24, 2014 10:51 pm
The odds are not in your favor in fighting sports. Everyone ages. You can’t beat Father-time. You can only slow it down until he gets you and beats you up and down.
Even Hopkins, who calls himself an Alien, has declined over the years. Go back to his fight with Tito even and you’ll see the physical decline. Go back further to Glen Johnson fight and you’ll see and even better Hopkins physically.
What helps Hopkins like it is doing for Floyd is simple: Intelligence…along with a healthy lifestyle. But they both started declining physically in their 30’s.
Competition also can make you look better because of the lack of or expose you because of the high caliber athletes.Posted February 24, 2014 10:50 pm
This pundit (writer) is just plain wrong.
With excellent nutrition and a healthy lifestyle the body doesn’t start running down at 35. If you’re in a sport that doesn’t wear you out—such as Boxing—you can go a long time.
Biathlon Olympic Gold Medalist Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is over 40.
Herschal Walker won 2 MMA fights when he was past 50. He said he never felt better.
Usain Bolt isn’t getting older, he’s getting faster. He’ll probably break his present records in the next Olympics, and maybe the next Olympics after that.
Barry Bonds broke 8 MLB records for hitting and had the best year of his life at 37.
The Klitschko Brothers are older than Floyd. They haven’t been beaten in 10 years.
If you don’t take care of your body nagging injuries will get you. If you do take care of yourself, and you’re in the right sport, you can train your body to new peaks into your 40’s. Floyd’s increased knowledge and mastery of the game probably make him better than he ever was before. According to Floyd Sr, “Floyd is still getting better.”
That’s not going to happen in a sport like gymnastics—where guys workout 6 to 8 hours a day and the competition is so fierce their bodies are going to wear out early. In pro tennis your legs are going to go. In basketball your legs are going to go with all those games. If you’re a quarterback or pitcher your arm is going to go. Football is plenty tough as well.
But in a sport like Boxing, if you’re not getting hit a lot, you can get better for a very long time. A boxer runs 30 minutes, has a gym workout of 2 hours, and does 30 minutes of strength training or plyometrics a couple hours later if he wants to something extra. That’s 3 hours. Your body can take that for a long time if you train for 2 contests a year. It’s easy city.Posted February 24, 2014 10:08 pm
I’m sorry, I take my words back. I think there is no one like Mayweather, I would like to be his humble servant. My apologies again.Posted February 24, 2014 9:32 pm
Pac-man wd beat this clown at 147 and sergio martinez wd kill him at 154…Posted February 24, 2014 8:11 pm
the voice of reason
Foreman was a better “pure” boxer in his comeback but he wasn’t necessarily better. You really think some of the guy that went rounds with him, even beat him, would have beaten a young Foreman that Frazier?
After Frazier, Foremen distance himself from the use of the Jab so that was more him being stupid than anything else.Posted February 24, 2014 7:07 pm
Hopkins and Mayweather aren’t getting better with age despite what the nonsense is going around about them. What Hopkins did do by 35, like Floyd, is that both started to fight even smarter because they had to. They took less risks.
But go back to a young Hopkins, go back to a young Mayweather when both were in their 20’s and you’ll see the physicality of both of them was supreme.Posted February 24, 2014 7:03 pm
the voice of reason
that was to you. Sent it in a bit late I guess. Age caught up with mePosted February 24, 2014 7:01 pm
Everybody ages different based on Genetics and Life-style.
I’ve seen fighters take bad beatings and look faded in their 20’s while better defensive fighters can stick around a lot longer. However, even the most athletic, like Roy Jones Jr and Floyd Mayweather, both started to fade a bit past 30 athletically.
And the poster below ME, NO, you don’t get better with age physically past a certain point. Everyone ages eventually and it’s more likely to start to happen in your 30’s if you training and participating in the Pro World. There is a reason why the older athletes get replaced despite being more seasoned mentally in their 30’s; age causes a decline.Posted February 24, 2014 7:00 pm
Youth always prevail. Experience is what makes you think your as good as young.Posted February 24, 2014 6:59 pm
the voice of reason
Robert jackson im curious – are you or have you ever been a boxer? your talk of being an aching wreck at 40 makes me think perhaps not. Dont judge all men to be the same. Some men age very young, some men get better with age. Ive been boxing on and off since i was 15, im now 54 and in better shape than ive ever been in my life. I personally would slaughter the 24 year old version of myself in a boxing ring – and thats not talking through false delusion. What ages a fighter is not his age – its how long hes been boxing continuosly and how much punishment hes taken over those years – thats why big george was able to come back a better fighter after a 10 year lay off. Very unwise to judge all men by the same yardstickPosted February 24, 2014 6:53 pm
this writer is aged. he is only 65% of the writer he was a few years earlierPosted February 24, 2014 6:49 pm
So you’re saying a man’s top physical shape is when he’s 20? Please…Posted February 24, 2014 6:48 pm