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    Oldest Boxer in official bout

    I started this off the top of my head -- help appreciated!

    Oldest boxers -- official bout over 50 years old

    63 Kentucky Rosebud
    60 Jack Johnson
    60 Saul Mamby
    59 Jem Mace
    59 Levi Forte
    56 Daniel Mendoza (bareknuckle)
    54 Ron Lyle
    53 Larry Holmes
    53 Kenny Lane
    53 Jean Pierre Coopman
    51 Tom Owen (bareknuckle)
    50yrs 10 mos Freddy De Kerpel
    50 Roberto Duran
    50 Earnie Shavers
    50 Azumah Nelson
    50 Jerry Evans -- (unconfirmed)

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Daniel Mendoza 56 years minus 1 day vs. 51-years-old Tom Owen.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Thanks -- I also added Duran, Shavers etc

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Joe Bugner fought his last professional bout aged 49years 3months.

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    Yeah, Joe was up there -- and had started young as well!

    There are a ton of guys at 49 -- tech I think Azumah Nelson was a few days short.

    Palomino, Danny Lopez etc etc all were 49. I arbitrarily made 50 the cut off.

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    mike,

    i think danny lopez was more like 39 when he had an ill fated comeback fight in anaheim.

    greg

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Kid Azteca...47/48?, years old.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Archie Moore fought his last fight at age 48.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    wasn't Bobby Dobbs well into his 50s, maybe even his 60s as it is said he fought over 5 decades.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Freddy De Kerpel. 50/51 for his last fight.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Yeah, I had Coopman but Freddy also over 50.

    Good catch!


    There have to be more guys at age 50 and over, right?

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Here's another one worth looking into, John Henry Johnson was billed as fighting Kentucky Rosebud at age 56.

    http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php...6739&cat=boxer

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    John L. Sullivan came out of retirement in March.05.1905,
    and took on contender Jim McCormick
    at the Smith's Opera House in Grand Rapids Michigan.
    The 273 pound Sullivan knocked out McCormick with a big right hand in the second round and McCormick was out for 5 minutes.
    It was suppose to be an a four round exhibition but tell that to McCormick.
    I dont think Sullivan was 50 years old ,but he was certainly pushing it.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Sullivan was 46 at the time of the bout, way below my arbitraty cut-off of 50!

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nagel
    Here's another one worth looking into, John Henry Johnson was billed as fighting Kentucky Rosebud at age 56.

    http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php...6739&cat=boxer

    I have the Rosebud leading the list but forgot to add his opponent Johnson.


    BTW I can't find a day-after report for the June 9, 1916 bout. One newspaper reported the bout as occurring "the other night" YET the exact same report had had been published on June 5, in Ft. Wayne Sentinel. Prior to that, a May 15, 1916 paper reported a 3-round kayo for Rosebud "a few weeks ago" in Philly. I guess Rosebud and Johnson staged this act several times.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    I seem to remember about 12 years ago on some regional boxing program when I still had C-Band satellite dish.
    They spot lighted some old(er) dude,who wasnt really attempting a comeback as much as coming into the sport an old fart.
    I seem to remember he was a doctor or dentist and rather hairsuite.
    Anyway he looked good in the dressing room shadow boxing.
    Held his own for the first couple of rounds then just fell apart
    and went to the canvas under not a lot of pressure as i seem to remember.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Bep van Klaveren, born in 1907-09-26, fought in 1955-11-28, at age 48, for the european welterweight title.

    http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?hum...6726&cat=boxer

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Michael Chilambe 48?

    I remember watching a young Nigel Benn blast this guy out 22 years ago!!! He still appears to be active.

    http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?hum...1579&cat=boxer

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike DeLisa View Post
    I started this off the top of my head -- help appreciated!

    Oldest boxers -- official bout over 50 years old

    63 Kentucky Rosebud
    60 Jack Johnson
    60 Saul Mamby
    59 Jem Mace
    59 Levi Forte
    56 Daniel Mendoza (bareknuckle)
    54 Ron Lyle
    53 Larry Holmes
    53 Kenny Lane
    53 Jean Pierre Coopman
    51 Tom Owen (bareknuckle)
    50yrs 10 mos Freddy De Kerpel
    50 Roberto Duran
    50 Earnie Shavers
    50 Azumah Nelson
    50 Jerry Evans -- (unconfirmed)
    52 Dewey Bozella

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    No one wanted to see Coopman when he was 23, never mind 53....

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Arigoma Chiponda - 53 and may still be active.

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    Re: Oldest Boxer in official bout

    Rick Myers was 52 when he won a fight in 2010 (after a 17 year lay off).

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