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and for the spirit of Christmas every day; in the year and every
Hour In the day.
"KEEP YOUR TEMPER," SAYS FEATHERWEIGHT
CHAMPION IN ADVICE ON "HOW TO BOX'-'
" Editor's note "Keep your
temper" is the first advice given
by Abe Attell, featherweight
champion and the world's great
est boxer, in this, his initial les
son on "How to Box," written
especially for The Day Book.
These articles were originally in
tended for boysto teach them
the needed art of self-defense and
give them healthful exercise but
they are just as good for t young
men and all men, for the same
reasons. Pointers in Attell's ad-
By Abe AttelL
Get control of your temper.
This is my first advice to the
boys who want to learn to .box,
whether for fan, exercise or in a
I have seen many promising
boxers ruined by losing their
temper, swinging wildly and gw
ing an opponent 'an opening for
a punch that stretched them on
Position is important. Stand
with the left foot from eight to
twenty inches in 'front of the
right, according to the length of
,the legs. This give a chance for
quick foot work. Don't stretch
the legs too much or balance will
The left arm should be expend
ed so the glove reaches on the
point of the opponent's jaw.
Cover your ribs 'and stomach
with right hand and arm.
The left is your great asset, as
it is used continually for short
jabs and blocking. The left is
used, to wear down-the other fel
low, while the right is for heavy
Many boxers don't seem to
know how to double their fists,
and broken thumbs or battered v
hands are the penalty. The fist
closed properly, is a splendid
weapon. The fingers must fit
snugly into the palm, with the
thumb over the middle joint of
the index finger, as shown m the
photograph. Never place the
thumb on top of theorist. .
Watch your man constantly.
At first, if he is a quick man, it
"will be hard to follow his every
motion, but you will reach' the
point where'almost every muscu
lar movement betrays his inten
tion. , Another thing you must Jearn
early is to judge distances. Many
boxers, in the game for years,
have never learned fhe art, and
their blows often miss. When a
punch is started be sure the op- .
ponent is; in range and it will
land. A wild swing throws you
off' balance and a fast opponent
will land-a stiff punch.-
Some boxers are known as
"knockout" men.' They hit to
put a man in dreamland.. I dont.
I can't bring myself to, the point
oLwanfing to knock a man sense-ff
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