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Sean Edinger, left, Lawrence boxing coach and former member of the U.S. National Karate Team, says today's athletes might be acting out a modern interpretation of beliefs rooted in Eastern philosophy that men have a finite amount of semen and energy. "The thinking is, that process of self-denial makes you a little bit hungrier," Edinger says. "We know physiologically that's not true."

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