Re: Why were many old time boxers so scrawny looking
Punching power coming from the legs is a misconception oft repeated. If meant correctly in that strong legs give a solid base from which to throw shots then that's fine, but the actual, mechanical motion of them does little to add impact (occasional other worldly uppercuts excluded). Power is generated from the torso and arms.
Doesn't really come from the legs, but is facilitated by them (obviously - can't punch hard with no legs), by way of weight distribution. This confused me as a youngster and promoted some spastic technique. Jack Blackburn had it right when he emphasised balance over everything else.