Gene Tunney Quotes

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, and the American light heavyweight title twice, from 1922 to 1923. A highly technical boxer, Tunney had a five-fight rivalry with Harry Greb in which he won three, drew once, with one loss. He also knocked out Georges Carpentier and defeated Jack Dempsey twice; first in 1926 and again in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey remains one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. He retired undefeated as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928, after which Tunney was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine.

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To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.

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Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.

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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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The man who has allowed his body to deteriorate cuts a pitiful figure - chest collapsed, stomach protruding.

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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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Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.

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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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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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Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.

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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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Ever since boyhood I've made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.

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But I do say that, if you will regularly devote 15 minutes a day, preferably before breakfast, for 60 days to the simple set of exercises that I devised for conditioning men in the navy, I guarantee that you will enjoy increased physical buoyancy and mental vigor.

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A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.

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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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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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