The War Report: Age is growing (Week 31, 2017)
Can’t you see the man on the street – how he’s growing so old? Can’t you see the lady on the street – how she’s growing so old? ‘Cause the age is growing and it’s not staying.
“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium. As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of and now I want to start my second career after sports. I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me. Especially my family, my team and my many fans.” – Wladimir Klitschko
So don’t run around everyday, wasting time. Don’t sit around everyday, wasting your time. ‘Cause we are the youths. And there’s a lot to be done on this here foundation. We gotta help the young generation, so they can know what they ought to do. When they get to our position, they will understand that the age is growing and it’s not staying.
“Boxing gave me roots. It kept me off the streets. It gave me confidence. It taught me how to be a man and face every challenge head on and take the good with the bad. Yes, I missed holidays, birthdays, even missed hearing some of my children’s first words but, more than time, it took my blood, sweat and tears, all things I can never get back, which is why turning the page for me is bittersweet. That once-in-a-lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100% is now fueled towards something else – my family. I find my strength in them, my peace and, most importantly, unconditional love.” – Tim Bradley Jr.
So be generous, my people. Don’t you fuss or fight and please take care of the youths of tomorrow. ‘Cause the age is growing and it’s not staying.
“The fans have been very important to me. We have to thank them for all of the support they have given me and I have to say that it hurts me to end this but everything has a beginning and an end and you have to accept it, good or bad, with pain in my soul and in my heart…you have to listen when the body begins to grumble and things like illnesses and injuries happen. You have to know when to listen and it is the precise moment to say goodbye.” – Juan Manuel Marquez
Along with Klitschko, Bradley, and Marquez, Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura also announced their retirements this past week. May all of them find success and happiness in retirement.