Top 454 Boxing Quotes

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“I’ve always boxed, I always taught boxing.”

― Adam Carolla

“The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption.”

― Al Sharpton

“Later in July I’m going to be promoting and putting on a boxing show of amateur fighters from July 21st through the 28th where one hundred kids will be fighting and competing with each other to see who’s going to be the best.”

― Alexis Arguello

“I’d say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.”

― Alexis Arguello

“Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that’s why our sport is so in the air now because we don’t have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world.”

― Alexis Arguello

“Surely, sport is not fundamentally about the safety of athletes. If it were, we’d probably have to ban professional football, right after boxing.”

― Alice Dreger

“Whose mother wants to see her son fight? It’s very hard for her – but boxing is in my blood.”

― Amir Khan

“Boxing changed my life twice.”

― Amir Khan

“That’s boxing – one punch can win a fight.”

― Amir Khan

“Boxing is an addiction.”

― Amir Khan

“There were no Asian lads boxing when I started.”

― Amir Khan

“We’re prizefighters. That’s what we become. Boxing has one of the biggest purses in sport. And in the sporting field, we probably make the most money.”

― Amir Khan

“His boxing style is one that I would like to test myself against. I’ve always been a fan of his, and I’ve always wanted to test myself against Roy Jones.”

― Anderson Silva

“Nick Diaz is a guy who walks forward, has great boxing skills.”

― Anderson Silva

“Boxing is a lonely sport.”

― Andre Ward

“I’m just trying to get those marquee victories and continue to get those accomplishments so when the time comes and the vote is cast, hopefully my spot is secured in the Boxing Hall of Fame.”

― Andre Ward

“Boxing is not that complicated. If two guys want to fight, it’s not hard to make a fight. If the fight’s not made, it’s because one party doesn’t want that fight, or maybe both parties don’t want it.”

― Andre Ward

“Since leaving cricket, I’ve tried my hand at professional boxing, a live stage show, and working for TV. I’ve had some interesting experiences, including working with the former basketball player Dennis Rodman.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“Everything in tennis is so neat and nice but boxing has sport down to its essence; it is very pure and I like that.”

― Andy Murray

“Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for.”

― Andy Murray

“In boxing, it is about the obsession of getting the most from yourself: wanting to dominate the world like a hungry young lion.”

― Anthony Joshua

“There’s so much pressure on becoming the next Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson, and if you don’t achieve that in boxing, you’re nothing.”

― Anthony Joshua

“This is boxing, not tennis. Everyone likes a bit of rivalry, it makes for a good fight.”

― Anthony Joshua

“I didn’t make the most of school, but boxing has given me discipline.”

― Anthony Joshua

“I used to drink. I didn’t like reading, but I discovered the benefits of it. I read that Floyd Mayweather never drinks – and he is the blueprint for boxing.”

― Anthony Joshua

“Boxing’s a sport that gives you licence to act like an idiot, I think.”

― Anthony Joshua

“I love boxing and keep doing it because I love it.”

― Ariane Fortin

“I have a personal trainer. But I tried boxing; I tried ballet. I tried everything to see what works best for my body.”

― Barbara Palvin

“Football and boxing helped me immensely. Those sports helped me become dangerous.”

― Baron Corbin

“The NFL, boxing, jiu-jitsu – I did that. I’m proven at what I can do.”

― Baron Corbin

“Boxing is something I’m very into.”

― Barry Keoghan

“Boxing isn’t a career. Acting is it for me. But they’re both very therapeutic.”

― Barry Keoghan

“The trouble with boxing is that too often it ends in sadness.”

― Barry McGuigan

“Boxing is changing and training methods are slowly being dragged into the 21st century.”

― Barry McGuigan

“Boxing traditionally was received very well and accepted on both sides.”

― Barry McGuigan

“Barney was interested in bringing professional boxing back to Northern Ireland in a big way.”

― Barry McGuigan

“I remember I did a boxing class. I remember sparring one time, and the guy smacked me right in the nose, and I was just like, ‘What is this? No. No. None of that.”

― Becky Lynch

“Boxing is a small world where the same thing that goes on, goes on in corporate America.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“Any UFC fighter, and any fighter going into the boxing ring and can do what they do in the UFC, nine out of 10 won’t be victorious and vice-versa, with a boxer coming from – even myself – coming over to that field will be a fish trying to be in a jungle and survive. It’s not going to happen.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“They had to debate whether Joe Frazier should be in the Boxing Hall of Fame or not. I’m making sure that it would be a felony to sit down and debate whether or not Bernard Hopkins deserves to be in the hall of fame.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“Hagler was a puncher-slugger. He’d box sometimes, but boxing wasn’t his forte. His thing was relentless punishment and ‘beat you.’”

― Bernard Hopkins

“UFC is street fighting in a cage. Boxing is a controlled, skilled talent. There’s no comparison.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“Boxing has kept me off the streets, stops me smoking and drinking and gives me something to do.”

― Billy Joe Saunders

“There’s such a big buzz around boxing at the moment. Everything’s happening and there’s so much building up with a lot of young talent coming through.”

― Billy Joe Saunders

“I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid. I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood.”

― Billy Joel

“I’m not really a gambler, but I’ll bet on the Super Bowl or some boxing. Something I feel comfortable with.”

― Birdman

“I think when people twitter 20 or 30 times per day, that’s too much. They are boxing everyone else out, and people stop following them because they need a break.”

― Biz Stone

“The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.”

― Bob Verdi

“Podcasting – it’s a huge, huge thing now. ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ and the ‘Big Brown Breakdown’ reaches more people than a lot of shows on networks right now as far as television goes. It’s such a loyal fan base, and I know my boxing. I’m really into it. I’m really honored to be a part of something like this. I feel like a glitch in ‘The Matrix.’”

― Brendan Schaub

“Trejo is one of the oldest boxing gyms in Cuba; it’s outdoor, and every great champion the country has produced has passed through and was forged in the open air.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“Punching your weight is one of boxing’s most sensible rules. It’s a handy one to abide by whether your battles lie in or out of a ring.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“Many of the greatest Cuban boxing champions since the revolution triumphed on the island resisted the temptation to leave Cuba and, in some cases, defied any suggestion they were tempted in the first place. Most famously, Teofilo Stevenson rejected multi-million dollar offers to leave his island to fight Muhammad Ali.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“As much as I love boxing, I hate it. And as much as I hate it, I love it.”

― Budd Schulberg

“When I went to L.A., I had trainer there, worked on Parkour and boxing to get my body used to working out every day.”

― Cailee Spaeny

“While wrestling in college as a junior, it came to a point where wrestling just wasn’t enough for me anymore. I love wrestling, but I felt like I was missing something, and so the striking part about MMA, the boxing and kickboxing, was what got me really interested in MMA.”

― Cain Velasquez

“Growing, up I didn’t really have anyone to look up to. There weren’t a lot of Mexicans on T.V. except for those in boxing.”

― Cain Velasquez

“Boxing is the most beautiful thing after women.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“When I first stepped into the boxing gym, I loved it. I knew it was what I was going to do.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“The people decide who’s No. 1, the best in boxing.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“I’m training and preparing because nothing is predictable in boxing. I’m preparing for those rounds, and if it happens that I get a shot, whatever advantage I have, I will be ready for 12 rounds.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“It would be a dream to be the face of boxing, to be No. 1.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“I started boxing because of my brother. And then I came to admire the all-time greats, like Roberto Duran and Muhammad Ali. I’d say I admired Ali more than any fighter in my life.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“There are boxing fans, and there are fans of the UFC. People want to see blood, but people like both.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“My goal in boxing is to be the best.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“I want to be like a Muhammad Ali, like a Julio Cesar Chavez. So when people talk about boxing, they have to remember Canelo.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“I have a love for boxing.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“If other people want to say that I’m the next person in boxing, then that’s up to them. That’s their opinion.”

― Canelo Alvarez

“Even though I had been boxing, I had no idea I could beat somebody in the ring. And I had no idea I could really take a punch. When I realized that, I really started taking off.”

― Cara Castronuova

“One of my all-time favorite workouts is boxing.”

― Cassie Scerbo

“I had dreams in 2000 of being an Olympian for boxing. I never talk about it.”

― Chael Sonnen

“I was into basketball, football, karate, boxing.”

― Charlie Murphy

“To recognize that head injuries were as essential a part of football as they are of boxing would be to erase the fine distinction on which the game’s respectability rested.”

― Charlie Pierce

“Dementia pugilistica was discovered in 1928… And we still have boxing. Football will continue.”

― Chris Borland

“Boxing’s not a career for anyone: it doesn’t last long enough to be a career.”

― Chris Penn

“When it comes to damage, boxing will cause more damage than MMA ever will.”

― Chuck Liddell

“I wasn’t instructed to do any special training for ‘Hawkgirl,’ but I had started boxing a few weeks prior and stuck with that for several months leading up to the start of production.”

― Ciara Renee

“I’m in the game of spinning plates. I’m spinning a boxing plate. I’m spinning a Tae Kwon Do plate. I’m spinning a Jujitsu plate. I’m spinning a freestyle wrestling plate. I’m spinning a karate plate. If I was to put all them down and have one boxing plate spinning, it would be like a load off my shoulders.”

― Conor McGregor

“I’m already the face of the UFC, plus the face of boxing, WWE, and Hollywood.”

― Conor McGregor

“People say that I’m a boxer. I actually started with kick boxing, and then I moved onto boxing, and then I moved onto grappling.”

― Conor McGregor

“Boxing is limited fighting with a specific rule set. Fighting is true, where you can do anything.”

― Conor McGregor

“If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight.”

― Conor McGregor

“I like to compete in everything – I like to compete in jiu-jitsu, I like to compete in wrestling and Muay Thai, and if I have a chance to compete in boxing one day, why not?”

― Cris Cyborg

“I have a dream fight – boxing fight – and I am for sure gonna fight a boxing fight.”

― Cris Cyborg

“The opportunity and the concept of merging music culture with actual boxing is exciting. It’s bringing a younger demographic to the sport.”

― Curtis Jackson

“I was a huge boxing fan, but it’s a sport where the guys punch each other in the head. I thought maybe I shouldn’t be a fan of that anymore. Maybe I shouldn’t allow myself to cheer a sport where the head injuries are a big part of it.”

― Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“To be sure, boxing has always been, at best, a shady and sometimes cutthroat business, buttressed by hype and tomfoolery rivalling, at times, that of carnival circuses.”

― Dan Hill

“Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was one of the worst boxing matches I’ve ever seen, but millions of people watched it because of the personalities involved.”

― Daniel Bryan

“Reach, and all that other stuff, doesn’t play as big a part in MMA as it does in boxing. Guys don’t really fight with their length all that much, because they have to worry about the takedown or kicks. They have to worry about so many other things that they can’t just fight real tall.”

― Daniel Cormier

“On Boxing Day, we always go for a walk in our wellies with the dogs, no matter where we are.”

― Darcey Bussell

“I don’t like any sport except boxing and bull fighting.”

― David Bailey

“Boxing fans are a very cynical bunch.”

― David Haye

“There is no room for sentiment in a boxing ring.”

― David Haye

“I want to have the same success in my acting career as I did in my boxing career.”

― David Haye

“Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward. Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali. You get these rivalries in boxing – not that often, so when you do get them, why do you want to sanitise it?”

― David Haye

“That’s what I actually like about boxing: no matter how well you do, you can still have a normal life.”

― David Haye

“The boxing public aren’t interested in knowing me. They want to know The Hayemaker, the one who gives it big.”

― David Haye

“Fighting is dancing. Look at a great boxing match, and it’s a dancing.”

― David Lyons

“Street fight, you just ground and pound ’em. Boxing is totally different.”

― Deontay Wilder

“To make it in boxing, you must captivate the fans in America, too.”

― Deontay Wilder

“I just love boxing. I’m in love with the sport.”

― Deontay Wilder

“The British scene in boxing, not just the heavyweight division, is popping.”

― Deontay Wilder

“Boxing is my true calling. I’ve found my purpose in life.”

― Deontay Wilder

“I don’t play boxing.”

― Deontay Wilder

“I didn’t even know about amateur boxing, period.”

― Deontay Wilder

“Some people who love boxing might love Mike Tyson, but people outside of the sport are generally repulsed by him and therefore, repulsed by the sport.”

― Dick Schaap

“I’ve always wanted to learn kick boxing.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“Boxing is about hunger.”

― Diego Luna

“I wasn’t a fan of boxing, I was a fan of Julio Cesar Chavez. All of Mexico stopped to watch his fights. Old, young, left, right and centre.”

― Diego Luna

“Boxing is one fight at a time for me. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s how I was brought up.”

― Dillian Whyte

“I have always been a puncher, but I tried to use my other tools and take my time, because in boxing, you need longevity. I can have a dust-up and knock anyone out in the first round, but you need more than that.”

― Dillian Whyte

“Even while modeling, I was still practicing kung fu and boxing as sports.”

― Djimon Hounsou

“When I got cast in ‘Rocky IV,’ I had never seen a film camera before. And here I was in this boxing movie.”

― Dolph Lundgren

“I don’t watch TV dramas. I watch ESPN, HBO boxing, National Geographic Channel and I kind of like to get some DVDs, movies that I haven’t seen and I just pop them in.”

― Dominic Purcell

“I don’t promote boxing, I promote people. Boxing is a catalyst to bring people together.”

― Don King

“Where in normal neighborhoods, they would play stick ball and hockey and baseball, we used to slap box and bring boxing gloves down the street and box each other.”

― Eddie Alvarez

“Dad always enjoyed sports, and he decided to join a Guadalajara gym to learn how to box. What he didn’t realize was that they didn’t teach boxing at that particular gym – they taught ‘lucha libre.’”

― Eddie Guerrero

“Boxing combines, in perfect proportion, strength, speed, and endurance. Normally, most sports are either about one of the three: either about speed or endurance or strength. Boxing combines all three of them. It’s really intense.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I think that every male actor fantasizes with a boxing film.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I love yoga, pilates, boxing, spinning, and weight lifting and tend to do a mix of them all.”

― Ella Woodward

“I have a boxing trainer at a gym, which is really fun. And I also try to complement it with flybarre, which is lengthening, strengthening, toning, just tightening everything up.”

― Elsa Hosk

“When I was a little kid I wanted to be an artist or a painter. But once I got into boxing, all I wanted was to box.”

― Emanuel Steward

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

― Emo Philips

“I’m a boxing fan. I’ve seen Kell Brook fight. I’m not one of those boxers who says he doesn’t watch other guys fight or follow the sport. I do.”

― Errol Spence Jr.

“God only made one thing in this world that’s perfect – and that’s my boxing record.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I’ve had boxing gloves on since before I could walk and been in gyms all of my life.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Racism still exists in the sport of boxing.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Boxing is real easy. Life is much harder.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I think my grandmother saw my potential first. When I was young, I told her, ‘I think I should get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing.’”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I always put my boxing first.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I’m not here to judge Mike Tyson. I’m not here to judge nobody. I’m not here to monitor no other fighters. I respect him for what he did in the sport of boxing. He was an entertainer.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I land a higher percentage of punches than any boxer in boxing.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I knew boxing before I knew anything else.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Boxing is what pays my bills.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“There’s ups and downs with boxing, layoffs are part of the sport and they can either help or hurt a guy.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“What I learned from boxing and what everyone can take in real life is to follow directions, follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“When you talking boxing, you talking me.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Larry Merchant’s just a commentator. He don’t know nothing about boxing.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.”

― Frank Bruno

“When I came into boxing, I brought it to the next level with adverts and doing pantomime and people just got jealous of me doing that.”

― Frank Bruno

“My trainer, George Francis, used to train a lot of African boxers. They’re hungry guys, man. They’ve got no trainers, got nothing. They’re so hungry to do boxing, to make some money.”

― Frank Bruno

“Boxing is a buzz, but I went into it to make a living. I wasn’t going to go into the ring and get punched in the head for the fun of it.”

― Frank Bruno

“What people don’t know is that I’m a blackbelt in jujitsu, which I’ve been for 20 years, and I’ve been boxing since I’ve been 15 years old – those are things that come natural to me.”

― Frank Grillo

“I started boxing for exercise, and on the very first day, the trainer got in the ring with me and said, ‘Whoever controls the breathing in the ring controls the fight.’ I immediately passed out.”

― Garry Shandling

“Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly.”

― Gene Tunney

“My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense – on the order of Mike Gibbons.”

― Gene Tunney

“Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.”

― Gene Tunney

“As a West Side kid fooling around with boxing gloves, I had been, for some reason of temperament, more interested in dodging a blow than in striking one.”

― Gene Tunney

“People who like boxing like my style.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“Canelo, he is not a champion. He is a liar who has no respect for the sport of boxing or its fans.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“Boxing is a business.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“Boxing is sport. Is good. Not just for bad guy.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I believe in my power and boxing skills.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I understand this business. Sometimes there’s a lot of corruption. It’s boxing.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I want to fight in Madison Square Garden because it’s the mecca of boxing. This is my dream.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I’m a boxer. I’m a boxer. If you’re interested, just watch my boxing, not my life.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“We all think we’ve got one more boxing match in us, and that, probably, will be the downfall of Floyd Mayweather, George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao. We’ll overstay our welcome.”

― George Foreman

“But boxing was my profession. I had to go back the second time because I was broke and I couldn’t just go and get a college degree and earn it. I had too many bills, too many families.”

― George Foreman

“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.”

― George Foreman

“Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”

― George Foreman

“I think its so good for boxing when a new guy or new blood as we call it, makes a big statement.”

― George Foreman

“I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches.”

― George Foreman

“It would be hard to throw a punch to someone who wasn’t a boxer, who wasn’t in the ring, and who didn’t have on a pair of boxing gloves and who hadn’t been training.”

― George Foreman

“I’ve been on the opposite side of decisions before when the crowd would be booing and saying that I lost. I’ve lived with it. Judging in boxing has been same since the beginning, and it isn’t gonna change.”

― George Foreman

“When I left boxing in 1977 to be a preacher, I couldn’t make a fist after I learned about Jesus Christ.”

― George Foreman

“I proposed abolishing boxing because it was bad for the brain, but boxers were generally so decent that I loved being around the gyms.”

― George Vecsey

“Attack is only one half of the art of boxing.”

― Georges Carpentier

“What I know about Mike Tyson, I see in the boxing ring. As far as all of the gossip stuff that I hear about him, I know first hand to take that with a grain of salt.”

― Gerald McRaney

“Boxing gave me a voice to express the anger I felt for where I came from.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Too many guys don’t know what to do with their lives after boxing. I was lucky because I had two managers who didn’t trust each other, and so they were always making sure where all the money was, and because of that, so did I.”

― Gerry Cooney

“We try to tell these guys that the end of a boxing career isn’t the end of their lives: it’s the beginning of a new one.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Long Island has a great boxing tradition.”

― Gerry Cooney

“I was lucky. I held on to some of my money. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after boxing. But I found what I wanted to do.”

― Gerry Cooney

“If my son wants a boxing career, I won’t stop him, but I definitely won’t push him. It’s bad for a kid to be pressured.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Maybe I’ll go to acting school. Acting is like boxing, you know.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Some have made boxing a terrible thing to be around.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Most fighters, when they’re finished, boxing turns its back on them.”

― Gerry Cooney

“There’s a lot of big guys who can play-make. We put labels like, ‘Oh, he’s a point guard, he’s a center.’ But sometimes your center can play-make for you and not just be the center, boxing out for rebounds and playing in the post.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“I love to exercise. I’m a big hiker, and I like boxing. I mean, I love a good burger, but I keep things in moderation.”

― Guy Fieri

“I’m a big hiker, and I like boxing. I mean, I love a good burger, but I keep things in moderation.”

― Guy Fieri

“I started competing on boxing, so I have my hands. I’m an O.K. wrestler, so why not?”

― Henry Cejudo

“I started doing MMA and boxing at the same time – I always wanted to try an MMA fight to see what it was like. I had one fight, and I was hooked.”

― Holly Holm

“I love boxing, and boxing has always been my favorite sport. I was always into it, and I boxed recreationally all of my life.”

― Holt McCallany

“I love the whole world of boxing and the sense of community that exists there.”

― Holt McCallany

“I want to be remembered as a great athlete. As a boxing champion.”

― Idi Amin

“I do boxing; I do a little jiu jitsu, which I am obsessed with.”

― Irina Shayk

“Boxing gives you such a good workout, although I’ve stopped sparring. When your hand speed goes, you’re going to get caught, and you can’t afford to take cumulative smacks on the chops when you’re a writer.”

― Irvine Welsh

“Boxing is one of the few sports that is one on one.”

― Irwin Winkler

“Baseball, boxing, handball – sooner or later every game gets compared to narrative, but only in football are the plays perfectly linear, drawn up with letters, and only in football is the field itself lined like a sheet of notebook paper.”

― J. R. Moehringer

“The physicality of boxing is like nothing else.”

― J. R. Ramirez

“I took boxing classes and karate when I was young.”

― J. R. Ramirez

“All the time he’s boxing, he’s thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.”

― Jack Dempsey

“Boxing never hurt me at all.”

― Jake LaMotta

“I’m the Godfather of Boxing. Everything is out in the open with me. What you see is what you get.”

― Jake LaMotta

“When I was a little bitty boy, I was a fan of boxing. But in Louisiana, it’s football, football, football, and then everything else.”

― James Carville

“I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.”

― James Earl Jones

“With kangaroos, you say ‘Sit!’ and they start boxing with you. They’re nuts!”

― Jerry O’Connell

“I was backstage at the House of Blues in L.A where I was about to perform, and Stevie Wonder and Prince turned up at my dressing room together! Stevie started beat boxing and Prince started singing one of my songs, all of a sudden it was like I was in a cypher with these incredible artists.”

― Jill Scott

“I don’t really watch much boxing.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Boxing was my destiny.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Boxing’s in my blood, so I’ll always stay involved in that, and I’ll probably do a bit of TV work as well, commentary and that.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“It’s one of the biggest disappointments of my boxing career, not going to the Olympics.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I never really, really pushed my boys into boxing, but I guess it’s in the blood.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“My first boxing memory is watching Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard on television.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Boxing definitely has a part to play in taking away unwanted aggression.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I believe amateur boxing training should be available in schools. Not for all, but for those who want to.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Boxing’s a very lonely sport. That ring is the loneliest place in the world.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“Amateur boxing is one of the safest sports around.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“On a personal level, I probably wouldn’t want my boys to box professionally. But I do encourage them to get into boxing training – they both go along. It keeps them fit.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“When I was boxing I made five million and wound up broke, owing the government a million.”

― Joe Louis

“When archaeologists discover the missing arms of Venus de Milo, they will find she was wearing boxing gloves.”

― John Barrymore

“With the advent of chivalry, the art of boxing waned. The evolution of feudal aristocracy, with other and widely different exercises, pastimes and weapons from those of the common people, made boxing unfashionable.”

― John Boyle O’Reilly

“All that is worth seeing in good boxing can best be witnessed in a contest with soft gloves. Every value is called out: quickness, force, precision, foresight, readiness, pluck, and endurance. With these, the rowdy and ‘rough’ are not satisfied.”

― John Boyle O’Reilly

“New York’s like a boxing match. In Hollywood, it’s like a Fellini movie or something.”

― John Cusack

“I thought boxing was stupid.”

― John G. Avildsen

“To my surprise, I discovered that I could act, and I liked it even better than boxing.”

― John Garfield

“What made my matches against Borg and Connors interesting was, comparing it to boxing, it was like a puncher and a counter-puncher.”

― John McEnroe

“I did a bit of boxing when younger. Once I was joined by Muhammad Ali as my co-commentator. I’ve got a picture of the two of us together ringside at the Albert Hall on my wall at home.”

― John Motson

“My opinion, football is the most dangerous sport there is. After that, I’ll give it to probably boxing.”

― Jon Jones

“I ran into a couple of guys who were boxers. They talked me into working out at their gym. I became obsessed with boxing and the idea of becoming a champion.”

― Jon Seda

“A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive, which makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.”

― Jonathan Ames

“If I could ban boxing, I probably would, but I’ll tell you in the same breath, I loved it growing up.”

― Jonathan Banks

“Wrestling is different than MMA or boxing or really any other contact sport in that you can’t really draw along an opponent.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream.”

― Jose Aldo

“In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.”

― Joseph Barbera

“I think the boxing game is supposed to be a gentleman’s sport.”

― Joseph Parker

“When I’m not boxing, I play instruments.”

― Joseph Parker

“In boxing, some fighters have good chins. You just have to be persistent and continue following the plan and trying to catch them nicely and, obviously, hope to be knocking him out.”

― Joseph Parker

“In boxing, there are lot of things that happen where they try to slow down the process and try to get to the other team, trying to get into our heads.”

― Joseph Parker

“People ask for autographs, and I wonder why before realising, ‘Oh, that’s right, I’m doing well in boxing.’”

― Joseph Parker

“A lot of people don’t really understand boxing.”

― Joseph Parker

“My dad loves boxing, so he used to hold up his hands when we were little kids, and we would punch his hands, and he slowly got us little gloves, and little punching bags that he’d always hold for us.”

― Joseph Parker

“I first got into boxing when I was quite young. I was about 12 when I won my first boxing match.”

― Joseph Parker

“I was doing a lot of boxing through ‘Lost,’ thrashing a bag at least three days a week. If I had shirtless scenes, I’d do it six days a week.”

― Josh Holloway

“Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting, just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis, more than it is about winning.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Boxing has become America’s tragic theater.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Boxing is always serious.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“I started boxing when I was eight. Me and my brother Rafael started boxing in amateur tournaments when I was 13. My father was an ex-pro boxer.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“Boxing is always serious. Nothing comical or funny about boxing.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“At noon I get to the gym to do my boxing workout. Three hours there. Rest. Once in a while I get a massage, because I need it once in while.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“There’s a lot psychologically going on in boxing… I think I relate to some of it. I have a respect for it. It’s like performing, but it’s also this crazy, self-destructive thing.”

― Julia Holter

“In the beginning of my all my camps, I do just boxing.”

― Junior dos Santos

“For sure, the UFC and MMA became way bigger than boxing.”

― Junior dos Santos

“I have to know jiu-jitsu and wrestling, but I’m a boxing guy.”

― Junior dos Santos

“I love to train boxing, and I think I have enough skills in boxing.”

― Junior dos Santos

“Forget about jiu-jitsu and wrestling – I’m a boxing guy.”

― Junior dos Santos

“In boxing, it’s one fight, so it’s easier to build up rivalries, but everyone’s got huge respect for each other.”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“Boxing is a formal, ritualized creation of crisis.”

― Katherine Dunn

“Anthropologists believe women were among the skilled boxers of the ancient, sport-loving Minoan culture that flourished on Crete until 1100 B.C. The boxing booths at English fairs featured women in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”

― Katherine Dunn

“I’d always been fascinated by boxing and became very engaged with it through my husband, actually. But I started to write about it because so many decent, righteous people wanted it banned.”

― Katherine Dunn

“Boxing was just another one to keep me going as a child.”

― Katie Taylor

“I love playing for Ireland, and I love soccer, but when it comes down to it, I would choose boxing as my number one sport, as I’d miss it too much if I wasn’t involved.”

― Katie Taylor

“You’re clearing your mind during a workout. Boxing is a great sport for girls; it’s really safe.”

― Katie Taylor

“It’s great to be boxing a local boxer. The atmosphere is always fantastic. I love those fights. I really relish those fights.”

― Katie Taylor

“I’m not going to be boxing forever, but I’ve put no time-cap on it, really.”

― Katie Taylor

“The thing with professional boxing is you have to have the right promoter and the right fights. It is a cut-throat business.”

― Katie Taylor

“I could have 10 kids or be boxing until I’m 40.”

― Katie Taylor

“I lost my edge for boxing, I didn’t put as much into it as I did before. I didn’t run as far. I didn’t train as hard. I didn’t eat correctly. I started drinking a little bit every now and then.”

― Ken Norton

“I just like boxing.”

― Kristaps Porzingis

“I wasn’t in shape at all before I decided to do boxing. I wasn’t an athlete. Before boxing, I would go to the gym for a month and stop.”

― Laila Ali

“In boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent, it’s just like chess.”

― Lennox Lewis

“I didn’t push Cory. I wanted him to decide if he wanted to go into boxing and he did. Can’t blame it on me.”

― Leon Spinks

“When I’m boxing, if my career isn’t going well, at least I feel mentally and physically strong.”

― Liam Hemsworth

“I do shadow boxing and use a heavy bag, but I don’t spar with anyone.”

― Liam Neeson

“When I was 17 or 18, I realised I could do something with boxing.”

― Liam Smith

“Now Mayweather has retired, Alavrez is the biggest name in boxing, and I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against him.”

― Liam Smith

“I’ve always loved boxing. It’s something I’ve always been extremely excited about.”

― Louis C. K.

“I do actually use a boxing trainer when I train for stand-up.”

― Louis C. K.

“I started on the phones, taking orders, and then I did the toppings, making the pizzas, cutting and boxing them – everything, really.”

― Lucy Bronze

“Before, boxing was something that I did. Now, boxing is who I am.”

― Mandy Bujold

“One of my brothers, Eric, who is one year older than me, was actually the first one to start boxing, and being the youngest sibling, I wanted to do what he did, so I pushed my parents to let me join.”

― Mandy Bujold

“Canada definitely has a strong program in women’s boxing, and we’re showing that women are capable, not just men.”

― Mandy Bujold

“Boxing is not about your feelings. It’s about performance.”

― Manny Pacquiao

“Boxing is a sport. We allow each other to hit each other, but I’m not treating my opponent like my enemy. We’re doing a job to entertain people.”

― Manny Pacquiao

“I like boxing.”

― Marion Barry

“Sexy boxing is something that takes away from the brutality of boxing.”

― Mark de Mori

“I’m a huge boxing fan. I love the strategy and the combat.”

― Mark McGrath

“I try to keep it in a very low impact – I have scoliosis, so exercises can be really hard on my back, whether it’s too much running, jumping or boxing. I’ll do those things once in a while, but I keep it mostly Pilates, resistance-band based, softer exercises that build strength from inside the muscle.”

― Martha Hunt

“Sugar Ray wouldn’t give me a rematch, and that’s the reason I walked away from boxing.”

― Marvin Hagler

“Youngsters taking up boxing will get a lot of encouragement to do something for the country, seeing my laurels.”

― Mary Kom

“Without boxing, I can’t live. I love boxing.”

― Mary Kom

“I took up boxing out of sheer interest and to help my parents financially.”

― Mary Kom

“I started athletics in 1999, throwing discus and shot put. I didn’t tell my family when I started boxing.”

― Mary Kom

“Football, like boxing, will never go away, just occupy a different role in the American zeitgeist.”

― Mary Pilon

“I’m a fan first and foremost. I get caught up in the drama, the emotion of what is happening, whether it’s a boxing match, an MMA fight, a kickboxing contest, or a WWE matchup. I want to tell the story and paint more pictures.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“Once or twice a week, I try to do some kind of boxing. I’m hitting the bags and jumping rope – all that stuff.”

― Mekhi Phifer

“Auditioning is like boxing: It keeps me hungry and intense, whether I get the part or not.”

― Mia Goth

“In my teenage years, I started kickboxing, then did a little boxing. When the UFC and MMA exploded in the early 2000s in the U.S.A. and Japan, I saw a way to make money and a career.”

― Michael Bisping

“Well I am grooming him, he has a boxing trainer that knows what he is talking about, and once he has that he is able to put everything together and he listens, and when somebody listens they are able to accomplish anything.”

― Michael Moorer

“In boxing, you don’t know what’s going to happen. In wrestling, it’s already prearranged.”

― Mickey Rourke

“Wrestling and boxing is like Ping-Pong and rugby. There’s no connection.”

― Mickey Rourke

“I’m the worst surfer in California. My balance is off from boxing.”

― Mickey Rourke

“I started at a small school in Virginia, and I learned how to wrestle – at least take falls – in a boxing ring.”

― Mickie James

“I’m back in Boston. I own an outdoor deck hockey rink, and I own a boxing gym here also.”

― Micky Ward

“As everyone in boxing knows, styles makes fights.”

― Miguel Cotto

“The stage is my territory, my boxing ring. That’s where I’m free.”

― Mika

“Three to four times a week, I do boxing with a trainer. It’s great because you get to punch things and let out stress.”

― Molly Qerim

“People say it’s a movie about boxing, but… I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it’s a movie about boxing. Boxing is like a platform. It’s just a stage where this is played out.”

― Morgan Freeman

“I’m probably better known for boxing with Hemingway than for anything I’ve written.”

― Morley Callaghan

“No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.”

― Muhammad Ali

“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.”

― Muhammad Ali

“I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.”

― Muhammad Ali

“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.”

― Muhammad Ali

“Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.”

― Muhammad Ali

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”

― Muhammad Ali

“Boxing is kind of like football in that you test each other’s desire to be there.”

― Myles Garrett

“When I win, I send shock waves through the boxing world.”

― Naseem Hamed

“You’re either good at boxing, or you’re not.”

― Naseem Hamed

“When I was fighting, there was no boxing in Saudi Arabia because it was forbidden.”

― Naseem Hamed

“Boxing has lost its glamour and excitement. I’m going to bring it back.”

― Naseem Hamed

“During my career, there were times we were inseparable, and I can honestly say that if it were not for Brendan Ingle, I would not have achieved all I did in the sport of boxing.”

― Naseem Hamed

“I don’t see anything remotely like me in boxing, past or future.”

― Naseem Hamed

“I want to be remembered as a guy who transcended boxing.”

― Naseem Hamed

“I just felt I had done enough in the sport to put my stamp on boxing.”

― Naseem Hamed

“One thing that has irritated me in the sport of boxing since I stopped is I’m really surprised that no one has come along to excite me like me.”

― Naseem Hamed

“I found boxing so, so easy with incredible power, speed, and accuracy.”

― Naseem Hamed

“In places like the U.S. and Germany, women’s professional boxing is already quite big, but I’d like to be the name that makes it bigger and gives it more global appeal.”

― Nicola Adams

“I’d love to be the Ali of women’s boxing, to retire as the greatest.”

― Nicola Adams

“I train for at least two hours, three times a day – weights, bench-press, push-ups, running, sparring, boxing sessions – so I must be burning off a lot of calories. But I don’t weigh myself too often – just once every day.”

― Nicola Adams

“One girl said when I won my gold that was what inspired her to do boxing. She was only 12, and that is the same age I was when I first started.”

― Nicola Adams

“I would be more wary of boxing a pretty boxer than I would one that looks like they have been bashed up a bit because the pretty boxer obviously doesn’t get hit – so that means they must be quite good!”

― Nicola Adams

“Our boxing is not like the men’s. It’s more thoughtful, more technical. It’s not just, ‘Get in there and hurt someone.’”

― Nicola Adams

“All I want is to keep boxing for Great Britain and inspire others.”

― Nicola Adams

“I do a bit of boxing in the off-season to stay fit – it’s a different kind of fitness.”

― Nikita Parris

“There was always sibling rivalry. Tennis, football, boxing, whatever – you always want to come out on top of big sis.”

― Nikita Parris

“When we started training with WWE, coaches were impressed and asked if we had had boxing training. I said no, it was all soccer. As a defender, I had to learn to stay on my feet, track backwards, and I feel all the movement I do in the ring was helped by my soccer background.”

― Nikki Bella

“I do Y7 Yoga; I take a lot of Akin’s Army classes, soul cycle, boot camps, tone house, SLT, boxing. I do everything.”

― Nina Agdal

“I’m really into boxing – I have a personal boxing trainer in New York.”

― Nina Agdal

“With me, boxing’s a beautiful sport.”

― Nonito Donaire

“I was 11 when I started boxing. My brother was fighting before I did, and he got me into it.”

― Nonito Donaire

“Boxing, for me, is all about drama and victory, and there is plenty more to come.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“I like Britain because that is where boxing was born.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“Those kinds of fights when a warrior meets a warrior is something that should definitely take place in boxing.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“I want to become a star in the United States because I want to show everyone quality boxing.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“There are two smells that I can recognize right away. The smell of the boxing ring and the smell of a garage. That’s where I grew up. I can recognize these places with my eyes closed.”

― Olivier Martinez

“I like boxing movies. One of the hardest things for me to watch as far as boxing films, is the boxing. The actual boxing usually sucks.”

― Omar Epps

“Everything I have in this world, I owe to the sport of boxing, and I won’t ever forget that.”

― Oscar De La Hoya

“If it amuses you to hit people, you do boxing – you do taekwondo – whatever you want. But you don’t play football.”

― Patrice Evra

“I was an angry kid, and boxing kept me out of trouble.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“I’m a competitor in anything I do, especially boxing.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Madison Square Gardens is the Mecca of boxing.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“UFC has unbelievable fans, and boxing has unbelievable fans.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“They put everything that’s wrong with boxing in one room, did everything that’s wrong with boxing in that room, and gave birth to Adrien Broner.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“I can’t make it doing anything else, the amount of money. Obviously, anybody can go to work and make money, but the paycheck I make boxing, I’m not going to make anywhere else.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“British boxing fans are amazing, and the O2 is one of the best venues in the world.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Hatton leads the wrong lifestyle to be a great fighter, and he does not have what it takes to be one of boxing’s best.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Boxing is one of those leftovers from a more primitive past that should be finished off and killed. I don’t love it anymore.”

― Pete Hamill

“Boxing is not always about standing in the middle going toe to toe. It’s about poise and grace under extreme pressure.”

― Peter Berg

“Before boxing, I was this angry kid ready to fight if someone said, ‘Hello.’”

― Peter Berg

“There’s a truth to the violence of boxing. You have a very real threat, an opponent.”

― Peter Berg

“I’ve always found boxing to be an incredibly pure sport. The level of character of most fighters I find very high. And it’s just the best workout you can get.”

― Peter Berg

“My mother gave me boxing gloves; I wanted boxing gloves. I liked to box. So I still have them. They’re still in my bookcase, very old, tattered, and they were cherished.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“As a child, I was into cricket and boxing in school.”

― Rana Daggubati

“At The Verve’s first-ever gig, I said that we were gonna blow this local band off the stage. It was only in the local Wigan paper, and they rang me to ask why I was being so aggressive. I just went, ‘Hey man, it’s like boxing. I’m just trying to sell a ticket.’”

― Richard Ashcroft

“Compared to boxing, acting is more difficult. I have learnt martial arts and boxing since childhood. So, they were easier.”

― Ritika Singh

“I’ve been in the boxing ring, taking punches to my face. I’ve always got back up.”

― Ritika Singh

“I was always into martial arts and boxing.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I was a huge Mike Tyson fan, would sit through the night watching boxing matches and would hit the bag at every opportunity I would get.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I’m a boxing fan.”

― Robert Downey Sr.

“I’ve been a boxing fan ever since I was a kid.”

― Robert Goulet

“I took high school very casually. There was Teen Town, chess, tennis, boxing, running. Lots of things going on.”

― Robert Mundell

“But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.”

― Rod Taylor

“Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed.”

― Roger Kahn

“I don’t care about no boxing legacy. I don’t care where they put me on the list of all-time greats – let them put me at the bottom.”

― Roy Jones Jr.

“Boxing has been my life, and it is my life. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.”

― Roy Jones Jr.

“A good wrestler, with good jiu jitsu and great boxing, can beat Fedor.”

― Roy Nelson

“Stand-up and boxing are very similar. You’re the only one out there, you’re going into a fight, and you’re going in with a game plan.”

― Russell Peters

“I’m somewhat of a masochist at heart. I like to sweat. I come from a very competitive sporting background – my dad was a world-champion surfer – so it’s always been a part of my DNA. I do a lot of soft-sand running, hiking, yoga, and boxing, and I compete in triathlons.”

― Ryan Kwanten

“Boxing should probably be banned. But until then, I’m a big fan.”

― Sam Simon

“I’m absolutely obsessed with boxing.”

― Sandi Toksvig

“I think boxing is on the rise because of what Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor did. I think they captured the time and made boxing cool again.”

― Scott Coker

“I think the MMA and boxing are different audiences. I think it’s a different intrigue. There’s no reason you can’t be a fan of both; why does it have to be one or the other?”

― Scott Coker

“We’re not going to do monthly pay-per-view just to do pay-per-views. We’re going to build up to big fights more like the boxing model, and when the time is right, we’ll do the big, big fights.”

― Scott Coker

“For the last years now I’ve had my own academy where I train Brazilian Jujitsu and Tae boxing, Muay Thai everyday.”

― Sean Patrick Flanery

“Boxing is a lot of preparation and then improvising, so there are parallels to being an actor.”

― Seth Numrich

“I put my money in property and I love merchandise; such as Muhammad Ali boxing gloves. It’s about stability for the future.”

― Shayne Ward

“I’m sure ‘Boxing Helena’ will eclipse ‘Twin Peaks’ and Audrey Home for me. If people here go see it.”

― Sherilyn Fenn

“Growing up, I was a big boxing and wrestling fan. I love people like the Undertaker and Prince Naseem: they knew how to make a big entrance!”

― Slowthai

“I don’t have the runs on the board to trash talk anyone in the boxing sense. I’ve got to do it the hard way and earn that respect.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“Boxing’s not in my blood… it just grew on me.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat.”

― Sonny Liston

“I like running, and I like boxing.”

― Stephanie Sigman

“I’d love to be in a real boxing match, but I can’t because of my face. I’m an actor!”

― Stephanie Sigman

“I am a boxing fan.”

― Stephen A. Smith

“I took up boxing to get in shape for filming because it’s grueling – all the running, the heat, the yelling, the crying that we do.”

― Steven Yeun

“I always expect unexpected challenges. Boxing is not an easy sport.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“Boxing will always be in my life.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“Boxing was not something I truly enjoyed. Like a lot of things in life, when you put the gloves on, it’s better to give than to receive.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“Boxing was the only career where I wouldn’t have to start out at the bottom. I had a good resume.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I think I’ve become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“For some reason, I was drawn towards boxing. Or maybe boxing drew me towards it – because once I put those gloves on, after about six months, boxing was my life.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I didn’t excel too highly in school, but I felt that I was moving ahead – and not just in boxing – but in life.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I watched Ali, studied Ali, and I studied Sugar Ray Robinson. I watched them display showmanship. I watched them use pizzazz, personality, and charisma. I took things from them and borrowed things from them because boxing is entertainment.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“Boxing is a sport, but it’s also entertainment. I wanted to transcend the sport and be considered just not as a fighter, or a champion, but someone very special.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I made an instant connection with boxing right away. Boxing became such a part of me. I ate boxing, I slept boxing, I lived boxing. Boxing was a way of expressing myself because I was not that outspoken.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I’m a huge boxing and mixed martial arts fan.”

― Sung Hi Lee

“Boxing is sort of an inevitability. We know they are going to be pounding each other.”

― Sylvester Stallone

“I was always active, always running and working out. I was a wrestler and ran track and, out of interest, started boxing. It’s always been a part of me.”

― T. J. Thyne

“Always the notorious red-light district of sports, boxing today is as troubled as it was even in the days when the Mob called the shots. There are too many lawsuits and too few heroes. Absurd mismatches and fraudulent rankings by unaccountable offshore sanctioning bodies have disgusted fans.”

― Tahl Raz

“No sport – maybe no business – is more entrepreneurial than boxing.”

― Tahl Raz

“Anyone can call himself a promoter. Anyone can call himself a promoter and stage a fight. Unlike other professional sports, whose owners collude out of mutual interest in their sport’s image and general welfare, there are no real alliances or partnerships in boxing.”

― Tahl Raz

“My husband and I went to Bald Head Island for our four-year anniversary. We spent the night in bed with champagne, tequila and Krispy Kreme doughnuts and watched a boxing match on Showtime.”

― Teri Polo

“Boxing is insane and, in my opinion, should be banned.”

― Thelma Schoonmaker

“Most major sports benefit from the fact that betting by the general public fuels fan interest and boosts television ratings. The Super Bowl and ‘March Madness’ are prime examples. But sports other than boxing draw a clear line where betting by participants is concerned.”

― Thomas Hauser

“In boxing, as with other government-regulated activity, the integrity of public records should be preserved.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Boxing is systemically corrupt.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Boxing is allowed to exist as an exception to state laws against violence on the premise that it will be regulated in a manner that protects the combatants physically and financially.”

― Thomas Hauser

“In boxing, if a fighter doesn’t leave the sport on time, something bad is likely to happen.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Boxing has a problem – a big one. Think of it as a monster that’s hiding under the bed. Eventually, the monster is going to come out and take a big chunk out of the sport. Fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, even government regulators can legally bet on fights. They can also bet on fights they’re involved with.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Betting by insiders has a corrosive effect. It breeds suspicion, adds to the appearance of corruption, invites more corruption, and, in a sport like boxing, puts lives at risk.”

― Thomas Hauser

“In the 1940s, boxing was a mainstream sport and deeply ingrained the fabric of Harlem. Joe Louis ruled the world, but the local icon was Sugar Ray Robinson.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Unlike most sports playing fields, a boxing ring is a temporary structure.”

― Thomas Hauser

“No brawler in boxing is more crowd-pleasing than Arturo Gatti.”

― Thomas Hauser

“If a Hollywood studio needed a fighter to play the hero in an old-time boxing movie, the search could begin and end with John Duddy.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Women’s boxing has received a major boost from the success of ‘Million Dollar Baby.’”

― Thomas Hauser

“Laila Ali is boxing’s real-life million-dollar baby.”

― Thomas Hauser

“In boxing, everybody has their favorites.”

― Thomas Hearns

“I saw a chance to make the 1988 Olympic boxing team and forgot all about football.”

― Tommy Morrison

“When I go into a boxing ring, I’m willing to die.”

― Tony Bellew

“Boxing is the only thing I have ever understood – I certainly don’t understand women.”

― Tony Bellew

“I’ve always said boxing will not retire me, I will retire from boxing, and I stand by that statement.”

― Tony Bellew

“Boxing does not favor boxers over 35 who rely on reflexes.”

― Tony Bellew

“This World Boxing Super Series has been a breath of fresh air.”

― Tony Bellew

“Boxing is all about timing. And if you take long periods of inactivity, you will be made to pay the price.”

― Tony Bellew

“The only person I’d be interested in boxing would have to be one of the best of the best. It would have to be, like, Andre Ward.”

― Tyron Woodley

“Training’s training; boxing’s boxing. Everyone does the same kind of stuff: they spar, they train, they do whatever they do to prepare for fights.”

― Tyson Fury

“I’ve not been paid millions of pounds for any fights. I’ve not made any money out of boxing.”

― Tyson Fury

“I train in Muay Thai, kickboxing, traditional boxing, wrestling, jiujitsu, and a little bit of judo.”

― Urijah Faber

“As a kid, I loved contact sports, especially American football and boxing.”

― Urijah Faber

“I’ve got a yoga instructor and a trainer. I just started a heavy-bag class, which is like boxing and cardio, and I salsa dance with my girlfriends. I try to do something every day. Continually exercising is natural for us.”

― Vanessa Williams

“My legacy is to put my name in the history books in boxing.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“I want to bring something new to boxing.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“My father taught me boxing and showed me what this beautiful sport means.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“My job is to work my best boxing in the ring.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“People understand boxing in the U.K. The fans love it.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“The reason I like Olympic boxing is that all the best fighters come together and find out who the best fighter is.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“The life of a boxing athlete is short, so I don’t have time to waste or time to take tune-up fights or whatever.”

― Vasyl Lomachenko

“Jagdish Singh was my basic coach, and he trained me from my very early days in boxing, teaching me the fundamentals of the sport. He was the one who shaped me into a boxer, disciplined me when I required disciplining.”

― Vijender Singh

“When I walk for a designer, I walk the ramp as Vijender Singh, the boxer. I believe that by doing so, boxing will at least, in some way, get promoted in our entertainment industry. Plus, if cricketers can, why can’t I?”

― Vijender Singh

“I’ve grown up with Bollywood, and I continue to enjoy it. But boxing remains my passion.”

― Vijender Singh

“Boxing is a noble sport.”

― Viktor Orban

“Politics is a dirty game. We have our rules in boxing. In politics, no rules. Especially a young democracy like Ukraine. It’s more like MMA.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“I made some adaptations, as I combined karate with my boxing game. I’m adding a couple of nice things from Shotokan to my game.”

― Vitor Belfort

“I’ve always wanted to do a boxing movie.”

― Walter Hill

“I think it’s fair to say I’ve always been a boxing fan.”

― Walter Hill

“Some say Hollywood movies that are made about boxing are just metaphors for other things, I think I’ve made one that’s actually about boxing and not a metaphor.”

― Walter Hill

“I know it’s politically incorrect but I enjoy things like the kick boxing and cock fighting.”

― Wilbur Smith

“I used to be the occasional social drinker earlier. But now my intake of alcohol has ceased completely. I want to be fighting fit for the boxing ring.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“We want to take boxing to the level of cricket.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“I have a great passion for boxing. I have family members who are boxers.”

― Yoel Romero
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