It is good to remember that old age is an entirely relative concept.
When the question, “How old is too old?” is asked, the answer must always be,
“too old for what?”
It is the thing we are being measured against, rather than a numerical age, that drives the reality of aging.
Are you too old to kill a Mastadon with a cobblestone?
I guess that makes me old!
Boxing champ Martinez on incredible rise at age 35
He didn’t turn to boxing until he was 20, ancient for a sport that rewards youth and wearies quickly of aging stars. He stepped into the ring for the first time 15 years ago for the same reason as thousands before him: to escape from the drugs and violence that ruled the streets of his hometown of Quilmes, in the province of Buenos Aires.
“You cannot dream to be in my place today,” Martinez said in the early hours Sunday morning, after the shock of his incredible knockout victory over Paul Williams had worn off.
Martinez said he wants to fight three or four more times before calling it a career, just a few more big paydays before retirement. The only problem is that his destruction of Williams could make it difficult to find fights against boxing’s upper echelon.
After seeing him send Williams into another world, who would want to face him?
“He’s the greatest fighter I’ve had the opportunity to promote,” DiBella said. “He’s going to get the opportunity to fight. How many people are going to run from him? They’ll run from him, but he’ll get the opportunity to fight.”