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Gene Tunney

Portrait of Tunney
Real name James Joseph Tunney
Nickname(s) The Fighting Marine
Rated at

Light heavyweight

Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1897-05-25)May 25, 1897
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 7, 1978(1978-11-07) (aged 81)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 85 (17 NWS)
Wins 65
Wins by KO 48
Losses 1
Draws 1
No contests 1

One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind: stay on your feet.
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.
Gene Tunney
Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
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.
Gene Tunney
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.
Gene Tunney
Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.
Gene Tunney
I did six years of planning to win the championship from Jack Dempsey.
My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense – on the order of Mike Gibbons.
Gene Tunney
A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.
Ever since boyhood I've made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.
Gene Tunney
In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around, but as middle life approaches, we settle down, literally and figuratively.
Gene Tunney

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.
The man who has allowed his body to deteriorate cuts a pitiful figure – chest collapsed, stomach protruding.
Gene Tunney
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.
Gene Tunney
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.
Gene Tunney
To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.
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.
Gene Tunney
Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.
A boxer must exercise and develop every part of his body.
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.
Gene Tunney
Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.
Gene Tunney