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A boxer must exercise and develop every part of his body.
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A boxer's diet should be low in fat and high in proteins and sugar. Therefore you should eat plenty of lean meat, milk, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit and ice cream for sugar.
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A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.
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Actually, I started my ring career as a terrific hitter; then my hands cracked up and I had to resort to boxing and tricks to win.
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Although he stood but five feet eight and one half inches above his sole shoes, when he started his winding driving pinwheel attack, they seemed to be raining from the shoulders of some phantasmic giant.
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As a West Side kid fooling around with boxing gloves, I had been, for some reason of temperament, more interested in dodging a blow than in striking one.
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Being in top shape can make you a winner, while entering the ring in poor shape, not only cuts your chances of winning, but can be very dangerous.
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But in the ring Jack Dempsey was an instinctive fighter. I doubt if he ever planned anything in the ring, or thought about it much.
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Ever since boyhood I've made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.
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Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
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Fat is one of the chief enemies of the heart because it has to be plentifully supplied with blood and thus needlessly increases the pumping load that the heart must sustain.
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Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.
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I did six years of planning to win the championship from Jack Dempsey.
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I verily believe I boxed more rounds on that one day - my tenth birthday - than I was called upon to box in both the Dempsey contests.
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I was catalogued not only as a defensive boxer but also as a light hitter, no punch.
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If all human lives depended upon their usefulness - as might be judged by certain standards - there would be a sudden and terrific mortality in the world.
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If you are accumulating pads of fat around hips and abdomen, or if your once lean arm and leg muscles are becoming suety, you must decrease your intake of starches and fats, and take regular exercise.
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In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around, but as middle life approaches, we settle down, literally and figuratively.
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My first boxing idol was Jack Goodman, a very good West-Side lightweight. He lived on the same street as I did - Perry - only a few doors away, in Greenwich Village.
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My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
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Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.
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No matter how skilled a boxer may be, he cannot stand up in the ring and give a good account of himself unless he is in perfect physical condition.
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Normally, I could hit hard enough, as anyone who studied my fights might have known. But the impression was that I was essentially defensive, the very reverse of a killer, the prize fighter who read books, even Shakespeare.
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One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind: stay on your feet.
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The man who has allowed his body to deteriorate cuts a pitiful figure - chest collapsed, stomach protruding.
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The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did; studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward.
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Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.
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To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.
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To stay relaxed and avoid tiring mentally and physically, it is necessary to get plenty of sleep and frequent rests during the day.
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Upon awakening in the morning, I wondered if the proceedings of the night before had been a dream. It was hard to believe that I was the world's heavyweight champion.
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We can get along on only 20 percent of our lung capacity, but that dragging sort of existence is a poor substitute for the vitality we enjoy when the twin bellows of our lungs are taking in great drafts of oxygen.
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