Boxing stories are unique.
Each individual fighter goes through his own trials and travails on the way to becoming a top professional.
Some fighters get started because of brilliant athletic talent that gives them an edge every time they step in the ring. However, most fighters go through a long learning process before they get to the top level.
A late bloomer may be a boxer who shows little ability in the early part of his career and then suddenly surges later on. A late bloomer may be a good fighter in his younger years and then become a great fighter. A late bloomer may finally get the recognition and opportunity he deserved early on, but it comes later in his career.
Here's a look at six of boxing's most notable late bloomers.