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Knowing When To Hang 'Em Up

Via Deadspin, for some reason, this story about the world's worst boxer intrigued me.
The world’s worst boxer has finally thrown in the towel after 256 defeats.

Peter Buckley, 39, has lost more fights than any other boxer and says that his next, number 300, will be his last.

‘I’ve had my eye on the 300 mark for a while, and it’s a little milestone I want to achieve, but I don’t want to fight on,' he said.

For those of you doing the math at home, that would be 43 wins against 256 losses. Presuming he loses this last fight (seems like a safe assumption considering he's lost his last 88), that's a career winning average of .167 - well below the Mendoza line.

I can't decide if Buckley is to be lauded for his perseverance, questioned for his sanity, respected for his passion or chided for his decision-making. After reading the article though, the guy comes across as someone who deserves some degree of admiration. Something refreshing about an athlete who approaches his craft as a job, shows up every day, takes the good with the bad and (literally) rolls with the punches.

Who know, maybe he wouldn't be so like-able if he had won 88 in a row - and that, like Peter Buckley, is a curious phenomenon in an of itself.


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