I was wondering that if through your life in the fight game did you ever come into contact with the trainer George Francis from here in the UK? I have just finished reading his autobiography which confirmed my thought on the man in that he had a genuine passion for Boxing and really cared for the fighters he worked with (Bruno, Conteh, Sterling etc). He also stated that a lot of his fitness training was based on as a kid watching the Royal Marines train at there local barracks near were he then lived. he took these basic principles and over the years adapted them to the Boxing gym. His main target was to always make sure his fighters were in 100% top condition before entering the ring and that running was a BIG part of his training techniquie.
Anyway did you ever meet him or watch him at work?