Gene Tunney

(James Joseph "Gene" Tunney)

Gene Tunney
Gene Tunney
  • Born: May 25, 1897
  • Died: November 7, 1978
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete









James Joseph "Gene" Tunney 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 between 1922 and 1923. A highly technical boxer, Tunney had a five-fight rivalry with Harry Greb in which he won three, drew once, and lost once. 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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A boxer must exercise and develop every part of his body.
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.
A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.
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.
Ever since boyhood I've made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise. Religion & God
Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
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.
Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.
I did six years of planning to win the championship from Jack Dempsey.
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.
In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around, but as middle life approaches, we settle down, literally and figuratively. Life
My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.
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.
One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind: stay on your feet.
The man who has allowed his body to deteriorate cuts a pitiful figure - chest collapsed, stomach protruding.
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. Time
Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.
To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Morning

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