Originally Posted by MadcapMaxie
Yes all that was needed, because men back then made boxing their living not a hobby.
No, I don't think weights is only for aesthetics but exercises like arm curls have no benefit to a boxer ASIDE from having bigger or better looking biceps. They would obviously be stronger than someone who hadn't lift weights but unless boxers started armwrestling in the ring, it's not needed.
Also no push ups arn't included in resistance training they fall under calisthenics, as back then the mantra of boxing was that lifting weights would induce unnecessary muscle growth which impedes speed and stamina.
in my experience when i have been doing bicep work and boxing it has seemed to slow down my punches..makes me tighter....
the machinics of a punch, the biceps dont even come in much at all..m.aybe a bit on a uppercut....but not much.