The world’s oldest professional boxer Steve Ward has retired from the sport after finally winning a world title.
There have been plenty of fascinating characters across the sport of boxing over the years and if we had to bet, we’d say there will be plenty more in the decades to come. Alas, the problem with stepping inside the squared circle is that a lot of guys and girls don’t quite know when to quit – such is the intoxicating nature of going to war.
Never say never
Ward has been recognised as the oldest pro boxer in the game on multiple occasions and this past Friday night, he went up against Adrian Parlogea of Romania in the name of trying to fulfil his lifelong goal.
He was competing in the World Legends Championship promotion with their cruiserweight title being on the line in their gold division, reserved for competitors aged between 50 and 65.
Ward was able to drop his opponent three times before finally securing the first round knockout, bringing a glittering end to his utterly remarkable career.
Steve had the following to say after his hand was raised.
“I’ve gone out in style. I am the world champion. I’ve done it, I have got there.
“The second step down from the ring it’s suddenly hit me: ‘Steve that is the last time you will ever be doing this’.
“I was feeling very jubilant winning the belt but for a few moments I had the biggest lump in my throat. There’s sadness as well. It’s been a long career.”
If nothing else, this should tell us all that our best days could easily be ahead of us.
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