Quotes and Sayings about Boxing



"I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Boxing, World)

"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
(Related: People, Boxing, Now, World)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Fighting, July, Kids, Will)

"See, I respect boxing because it has given me so much and that's why I will never allow anyone to mistreat the sport of boxing if I can help it."
- Alexis Arguello
(Related: Boxing, Help, Respect, Will)

"Boxing gave me the opportunities to grow into the person that I am today."
- Alexis Arguello
(Related: Boxing, Today)

"I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing."
- Alexis Arguello
(Related: Motivation, Boxing, Dedication)

"But if you cover the World Series on the news or do a feature on an Ali boxing match then all of a sudden ears go up all over the place and people say what the hell are you doing. The reason for that is that we're doing something that people are really interested in."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: People, Boxing, Hell, News, Reason, World)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Romantic)

"When archaeologists discover the missing arms of Venus de Milo, they will find she was wearing boxing gloves."
- John Barrymore
(Related: Boxing, Will)

"Boxing is show-business with blood."
- David Belasco
(Related: Blood, Boxing)

"I love to go bungee jumping, jump out of planes, ride motorbikes, do kickboxing. I love all that stuff."
- Catherine Bell
(Related: Love)

"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
(Related: People, Boxing)

"Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world."
- Frank Bruno
(Related: Boxing, World)

"I love boxing. There's something fierce about using your body's force that way."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Love, Body, Boxing, Force)

"Attack is only one half of the art of boxing."
- Georges Carpentier
(Related: Art, Boxing)

"Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated, but you wanted to see him. I happen to really love him. He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh."
- Gerry Cooney
(Related: Love, Boxing)

"Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics."
- Gerry Cooney
(Related: Politics, Thought, Boxing)

"You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing."
- Gerry Cooney
(Related: Time, Work, Boxing, Career)

"All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on."
- Gerry Cooney
(Related: Sports, Management, Boxing, Fighting, Now, Safety)

"New York's like a boxing match. In Hollywood, it's like a Fellini movie or something."
- John Cusack
(Related: Boxing, Hollywood)

"All the time he's boxing, he's thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him."
- Jack Dempsey
(Related: Time, Boxing, Thinking)

"I developed that for a long time. I also developed 'Sugar Sweet Science' at New Line and that didn't happen. That was a boxing movie. And between all that there were a couple of other things."
- Danny DeVito
(Related: Science, Time, Boxing)

"Sorry dude, but we're in a boxing match and you went against your word and tried to make me look weak and stupid in front of 17 million people. That's just not gonna happen."
- Dustin Diamond
(Related: People, Boxing, Word)

"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
(Related: Movies, Boxing)

"Boxing, for me, it's the beginning of all sports. I'm willing to bet that the first sport was a man against another man in a fight, so I think that's something innate in all of us."
- Omar Epps
(Related: Sports, Beginning, Boxing, Fight, First, Man)

"I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won."
- George Foreman
(Related: Boxing, Shadow)

"Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it."
- George Foreman
(Related: People, Boxing, Jazz)

"Boxing is just show business with blood."
- Bruno Frank
(Related: Business, Blood, Boxing)

"Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book."
- Joe Frazier
(Related: Money, Boxing, Name)

"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
(Related: People, Boxing)

"I've been a boxing fan ever since I was a kid."
- Robert Goulet
(Related: Boxing)

"There are a lot of things and in order to be at the top and maintain your focus you have to have something that motivates you. For me, it was what I perceived as a lack of respect from the boxing world as well as the media, which made me want to work so hard and be great."
- Marvin Hagler
(Related: Work, Boxing, Focus, Media, Order, Respect, Want, World)

"One thing I like about boxing is that I will not have to deal with the same kind of politics that I had to in skating. In boxing, it is not about your appearance, or how your costume looks, what color it is, or how much it costs."
- Tonya Harding
(Related: Politics, Appearance, Boxing, Will)

"In boxing, everybody has their favorites."
- Thomas Hearns
(Related: Boxing)

"I've always wanted to do a boxing movie."
- Walter Hill
(Related: Boxing)

"I think it's fair to say I've always been a boxing fan."
- Walter Hill
(Related: Boxing)

"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
(Related: Movies, Boxing, Hollywood, Metaphor, Metaphors)

"Well, of course a boxing match is hard because boxing isn't set for you to do good. You have to force your will upon someone, but dancing you don't have to force your will. It should be a lot easier because if I make a mistake I don't get hit."
- Evander Holyfield
(Related: Mistake, Boxing, Dancing, Force, Will)

"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
(Related: Books, Boxing)

"I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Business, Father, Actor, Boxing, World)

"Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed."
- Roger Kahn
(Related: Boxing)

"I used to do kickboxing, because I liked the cute outfits."
- Monica Keena
(Related: Cute)

"And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head."
- Alicia Keys
(Related: Love, Boxing, Confidence, Fun)

"Boxing was the only career where I wouldn't have to start out at the bottom. I had a good resume."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
(Related: Boxing, Career)

"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
(Related: Life, Boxing)

"Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
(Related: Time, Boxing, Challenge, Nothing, Testing)

"Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
(Related: Boxing, Instinct)

"I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
(Related: Boxing)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Hurt)

"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
(Related: People, Boxing)

"I quit after a bad car accident. The thing about boxing is that you can be a star for five or six years, but when you go back to the old life, it's tough."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Car, Life, Accident, Boxing, Old, Years)

"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
(Related: Boxing, First, Gossip)

"Sure, there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious."
- Alan Minter
(Related: Boxing)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Talking)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Drinking, Now)

"Boxing has become America's tragic theater."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: America, Boxing, Theater)

"The third man in the ring makes boxing possible."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Boxing, Man)

"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
(Related: Winning, Being, Boxing, Feeling, Pain)

"Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Religion, Being, Boxing, Masculinity)

"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."
- Emo Philips
(Related: Boxing, Chess, Computer)

"My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing."
- Emo Philips
(Related: Computer)

"The real problem today is the ineffective and inconsistent oversight of professional boxing, which has led to continuing scandals, controversies, unethical practices, and unnecessary injuries and deaths in the sport."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Boxing, Today)

"Today, many fans are saddened and upset by the lack of integrity they see in professional boxing that has significantly weakened the sport - the most deplorable problem of which is the treatment of the sport's athletes."
- Charles W. Pickering
(Related: Athletes, Boxing, Fans, Integrity, Today, Treatment)

"I competed in track for 10 years and have been doing kickboxing forever."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: Years)

"That's the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing about taking a punch is your ego reacts and there's no better spiritual lesson than trying to not pay attention to your ego's reaction."
- David O. Russell
(Related: Attention, Ego, Spiritual, Trying)

"It's kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters, boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline. In both cases it's for the lack of a suitable hero."
- Dick Schaap
(Related: Sports, Boxing, Racing)

"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
(Related: Love, People, Boxing)

"Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world during the 1950's when it seemed that he would either win or lose the championship about every three or four months."
- Dick Schaap
(Related: Boxing, Months, World)

"I think on balance, Don King has been bad for boxing. I think he's done some very good things and I think he did a heck of a job of promoting Ali but I think I could have promoted Ali."
- Dick Schaap
(Related: Balance, Boxing, Job)

"As much as I love boxing, I hate it. And as much as I hate it, I love it."
- Budd Schulberg
(Related: Love, Boxing, Hate)

"The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption."
- Al Sharpton
(Related: Boxing, Corruption, World)

"It's less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment."
- Jimmy Smits
(Related: Boxing, Chess, End, Training)

"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
(Related: Blame, Boxing)

"But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club."
- Rod Taylor
(Related: Boxing)

"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
(Related: Boxing, Reason, Temperament)

"Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Boxing)

"My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Ambition, Boxing, Defense, Order)

"Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Basketball, Boxing, Running)

"The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register."
- Bob Verdi
(Related: Boxing)