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.
what does the living vs hobby thing have to do with
lifting weights or not,
and if they said unnecessary muscle growth impedes speed etc
were they too dumb too see to much running
might make you weaker but will so ruin your career
by destroying your knees and ankles