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Old 05-18-2012, 09:20 AM   #31
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A random question that got me thinking, I know we have a few middle class fighters Eubank Jr. etc who's parents have money but are there any successful fighters from a very wealthy/upper class back ground ? think
Was Gene Tunney from a comparatively affluent background ?
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:30 AM   #32
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Was Gene Tunney from a comparatively affluent background ?
No his upbringing was very working class.

His father loaded and unloaded cargo at New York harbor and Tunney dropped out of school at 15 and god a job in a mail room for an office but worked his way up to be promoted twice.

I dont remember what he earned but i remember reading he was promoted twice making his wage $11 per week then $17 per week which was well above the average wage which was about $400 a year in 1910 in the US.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #33
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No his upbringing was very working class.

His father loaded and unloaded cargo at New York harbor and Tunney dropped out of school at 15 and god a job in a mail room for an office but worked his way up to be promoted twice.

I dont remember what he earned but i remember reading he was promoted twice making his wage $11 per week then $17 per week which was well above the average wage which was about $400 a year in 1910 in the US.

Thanks for that,Don.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:44 AM   #34
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he became rich by fighting, i wouldnt say he was dirt poor to begin with though
From the slums of NY. He was dirt poor, and should not have even been mention imo.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:45 AM   #35
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The first and only fighter from the upper class is bare kuck John Johnson. But that is about it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:56 AM   #36
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Gene Tunney
Where does this come from?

9 people in a one bedroom apartment does not really equal upper class.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:03 PM   #37
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I believe Ali was middle class and didn't really have a tough life growing up.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:39 PM   #38
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Understand Marco Antonio Barrera's from a wealthy Mexico City family that rents film production equipment and stages.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:57 AM   #39
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I thought Salvador Sanchez was the son of a millionaire (no peso jokes please), but that's from memory.

Wasn't "Orchid Man" Georges Carpentier a dandy from a well-to-do, high society family in France?
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #40
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Nice one thanks for the info guys
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