Top 20 Gene Tunney Quotes

Gene Tunney was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He was born on May 25, 1897. Regrettably, he died on November 7, 1978.

From 1926 to 1928, he held the world heavyweight title and twice won the American light heavyweight title.

Tunney, a professional boxer, had defeated Harry Greb three times and was now one of the most famous bouts in boxing history. His victory over Tom Heeney in 1928 earns him The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award. Now, check out his top 20 quotes that will assist you.

 “To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.”― Gene Tunney

“Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.”― Gene Tunney

“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

“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

“A boxer must exercise and develop every part of his body.”― 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 prizefighter who read books, even Shakespeare.”― 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

“Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.”― Gene Tunney

“The man who has allowed his body to deteriorate cuts a pitiful figure – chest collapsed, stomach protruding.”― Gene Tunney

“One half-conscious thought was burned in my mind: stay on your feet.”― Gene Tunney

“Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.”― Gene Tunney

“My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense – on the order of Mike Gibbons.”― 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

“I did six years of planning to win the championship from Jack Dempsey.”― Gene Tunney

“Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.”― Gene Tunney

15 of 20 Gene Tunney Quotes

“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

“Ever since boyhood I’ve made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.”― Gene Tunney

“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

“A concave chest means that your diaphragm is sagging.”― Gene Tunney

“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

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