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Why boxers continue to fight after their prime.

Obviously there are many reasons why boxers fight past their "prime". Generally it happens because of  3 reasons, the money, the good old applause, or the same single mindedness that made them champ is telling him he can do again.
 
1) Most of the time fighters hang around too long  because of the money. You have to understand coming up boxers don't make much, but when they finally do start getting decent paydays often times its later in their career.

Shadow Boxing: An important part of becoming a Boxer

     Shadow Boxing is one of the best exercises you can do to increase your boxing fundamentals and overall boxing game. The problem is most people don't know how to do it properly or have any motivation to do it.
    There are many benefits to shadow boxing. Unlike the heavy bag if done properly there is alot of footwork involved just like there would be in an actual fight. Also while shadow boxing your punches aren't hitting a target which forces you to maintain balance and by punching the air you get a feel for what it would be like in a boxing match.

Tyson vs. Ali

      The constant debate amongst  boxing fans is who wins, a prime Mike Tyson or a prime Muhammad Ali?
       As Henry Ford once said, "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do". Many Tyson backers need to understand this. Pro Tyson fans always talk about what he would have done if he stayed with Kevin Rooney, Cus D'Amato stayed alive, no Don King, or no Robin Givens. Unfortunately in a debate "what ifs" hold little merit.