How Late Can You Start Boxing?

By Logan •  Updated: 01/12/22 •  4 min read

How Late Can You Start Boxing?

You can start boxing at any age, provided you don’t have any major health concerns. But, if you are planning to box competitively, then ideally you should start in your teens and even earlier if possible. However, you can start boxing in your twenties or even thirties, but your time in the sport will be shorter.

In this article we will look at various ages you can start boxing and the different effects they will have on your performance. We will also detail whether or not you should introduce your kids to boxing.

How Late Can You Start Boxing?

Is 25 Too Old To Start Boxing?

In short, no. At the age of 25 most people’s bodies will have fully matured and so would be able to withstand the rigours of boxing training. Plus, it still leaves a few years before you move out of your athletic prime, which usually happens in your thirties.

That being said, boxing is a very technical and demanding sport and it takes many years to master. So, starting at 25 does not leave much time to learn the ropes and then develop into a highly-skilled fighter, meaning your progression will likely be limited.

If you don’t plan on boxing competitively, and just intend on using boxing as a form of training to get fit, then 25 is definitely not too old. As mentioned, your body will be capable of taking part in boxing training from the age of 25 (and earlier), and you will be able to reap the benefits for many years after. 

Am I Too Old To Compete In Boxing?

Obviously, this depends on your age. Let’s start with 25, as above; this is not too old to start competing in boxing, but you will only have a few years in which you can fully utilise your physical capabilities.

There are some boxers who compete into their late thirties and beyond, however they have usually been boxing their entire lives and also see a clear decline in skill as time goes on.

If you are serious about competing in boxing and want to reach the highest level possible, then you need to start as early in life as you can. In this instance, if you are in your late twenties or beyond the age of 30 then it is likely too late for you to get very far in the sport.

However, if you are merely looking to have a few bouts, then there is no reason you can’t start up the sport in your early thirties, provided you are matched with people at a similar level of skill and experience. The main factor to consider is to allow yourself enough time to develop sufficient conditioning and experience in order to perform well in the ring.

Should I Start My Kids In Boxing?

Many of the world’s best boxers entered the sport when they were children, and there are many benefits to introducing your kids to the sport. First off, it can help teach them discipline and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Beyond that, if your child develops a passion for the sport, they will be at an advantage if they began from a young age. By training in these formative years, they will have developed into well-honed boxers by their teenage years.

From there, they can continue to gain experience and knowledge in the sport thus, in theory, becoming a better fighter.

Now, you should also consider the fact that boxing is a combat sport and so comes with injuries and physical pain – you should also ensure you and your child are both comfortable with this.

Final Thoughts

It’s never too late to start boxing. Boxing is a great way to get in shape and stay active, it requires intense training and physical stamina.

Boxing has many awesome benefits that are not only good for the body, but also for mind. It can help reduce stress, alleviate pain in joints caused by arthritis, increase bone density, improve balance and coordination, relieve menstrual cramps, lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart muscle and so much more!

Boxing is a great way to improve coordination and eye-hand coordination, as well as teach self-defense skills. These are important skills to have no matter what age you are.


Hi, I've been an avid MMA fan all my life. I've been training in martial arts for the last 5 years and wanted to share some of the tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way to help to aspiring martial artists get started.

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