I did six years of planning to win the championship from Jack Dempsey.
A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.
A boxer must exercise and develop every part of his body.
Ever since boyhood I’ve made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.
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.
One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind: stay on your feet.
In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around, but as middle life approaches, we settle down, literally and figuratively.
Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.
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.
Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.
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.
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.
My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense – on the order of Mike Gibbons.
Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.
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.