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Hello, My name is Saif and im from Iraq, im 19 years old weight 159 height 5"8. I want to be a boxer (boxing career) and im ready to work very hard to get to ranks. I am also new to boxing and i dont know anything about it. I don't know what talented is or how to get/find your talent. If there was a talented person and a normal person (like me) will hard work beat talent or not?. A lot of people told me that im to old to start because the world champions started when they were kinds and im starting at 19 years old. Am i to old to make boxing my career ( I LOVE BOXING REALLY BAD)?. Thanks for taking your time answering this question it means the world to me.

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Hi Saif - the best thing you can do is find a coach and a gym where you can begin to train as an amateur boxer.  I don't know anything about boxing in Iraq, but that country does have an amateur boxing association you can contact (see below).  You might want to start by emailing them for information.  Yes, most boxers start at a much younger age than you but that doesn't mean you can't learn to be a good boxer.  It just takes focus and dedication and consistent training.  Best of luck to you.  Please let me know how you're doing.  

Iraqi Boxing Federation

c/o Iraqi National Olympic Committee
Palestine Street
P.O. Box 441
Baghdad
Iraq
  
Email :    iraqiboxing@yahoo.com
Phone :    +964 7709410312
Fax :   +964 17763896

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I can answer all questions related to amateur boxing except those having to do with the actual physical training. I am not a coach. 8-) 21 years as an amateur boxing official; certified computer scoring technician; have worked on many tournament administration staffs; have coordinated a major national invitational tournament; have served as secretary, treasurer and Junior Olympic Chairman at the local level.

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21 years as an amateur boxing official; certified computer scoring technician; have worked on many tournament administration staffs; have coordinated a major national invitational tournament; have served as secretary, treasurer and Junior Olympic Chairman at the local level.

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USA Boxing, Inc.

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High school graduate; some college.

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