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Old 09-13-2019, 10:53 AM
Dead Cat is offline
I was curious...
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Not many, but that rather begs the question - we're not looking at the average career length of all-time greats, we're looking for all-time greats who had relatively short careers.

Having said that I agree with your main point that many boxers have a fairly long career in terms of years, so 8 years is relatively short. I'm no boxing expert, but my impression is that contenders for world title fights typically have around 20-30 fights under their belts, and due to the nature of the sport this takes a number of years. You have to prove yourself at the lower ranks before being given a shot at a title. It's rare for an underdog to surprise someone who is expected to beat them easily, though of course it does happen.