Hamilton’s Believe It Or Not Of Boxing: The Age Issue

Boxing’s Rock of Ages

Yuriorkis GamboaEdison Miranda were born in the same year – 1981.

Born July 18, 1990 & with a record of 39-0-1 from his first 40 fights aged just 21 Canelo Alvarez made his professional debut just three months after his 15th birthday on October 29, 2005. His upcoming bout on the co-featured bout on the Mayweather-Cotto “Ring Kings” card against Shane Mosley will be the second time he has fought a Mosley in a professional ring – Larry Mosley, Sugar Shane’s cousin, being his first opponent on American soil back in 2008. Canelo won that bout by 10 round unanimous decision at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California.

Marco Antonio Barrera similarly made his professional bow at 15 when he beat Leonilo Embuestro Jr. of Philippines by early knockout on November 22, 1989. The two make Mexico’s greatest ever ring warrior, Julio Cesar Chávez seem like something of a late bloomer – Chávez made his professional debut at 17.

According (to the somewhat maligned) boxrec.com pound for pound rankings the top ranked fighter in the world (pound for pound) under the age of 30 is Andre Ward – who is ranked at #8. Along with Tim Bradley at #10; there are only two fighters in the world’s top 10 under 30 years of age.

At 17 Bernard Hopkins was sentenced to 18 years in Graterford Prison convicted of nine felonies. So in theory – he’d only have been out (after serving a complete sentence) in 2000.

Steve Collins only hit his prime in his 30s. Having competed against the best on both sides of the Atlantic, Collins tends to be linked more to the era in the UK when there was a great rivalry between British boxers Chris Eubank & Nigel Benn. He fought and beat both legends of British boxing, twice. Collins would go on to have a cameo role as a bouncer in the 1998 cult classic British comedy, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Check out 0:20 on the following video. His sole dialogue came in the following exchange:

Security #1: [upon seeing Eddie and friends] Invitations.
Eddie: Invitations?
Security #2 (Steve Collins): Yeah, invitations. You know, four pretty white pieces of paper with your names on.
Eddie: Well, we’ve got a 100.000 bits of paper with the Queen’s head on. Will that do?
Security #2 (Steve Collins): All right, just you. The others, they can wait next door in Samoan Jo’s.
Eddie: Samoan Jo’s, you mean the pub? Hold on …
Security #2 (Steve Collins): [interrupting Eddie] Hold on to your f%cking tongue, and I will hold on to my patience, okay, sonny? No one in here tonight but card players, and I do mean no one.

Erik Morales manages a $3.5 million budget for the parks and recreation department in Tijuana. The iconic Mexican legend donates his salary to the department. He once said, “This is just a way for me to be able to thank the people.” The 35 year old future Hall of Famer looks to overcome a 14 year age differential when he meets 21 year old Danny Garcia in 3 days time.

English middleweight veteran Howard Eastman spent some time homeless & then served in the Gulf War in the Royal Fusiliers all before turning professional in relative anonymity in 1994. In April 2010 Eastman, a former British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion, was arrested & charged with trafficking in narcotics.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!