Happy Boxing Day Quotes

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


I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark. – Muhammad Ali


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 love boxing. There’s something fierce about using your body’s force that way. -Sophia Bush


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


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


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 knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing. -James Earl Jones



I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me. –Sugar Ray Leonard



But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club. -Rod Taylor



I’ve been a boxing fan ever since I was a kid. -Robert Goulet


When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn’t. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven’t eaten for two days you’ll understand. -Jack Dempsey


It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters. -Evander Holyfield


I wasn’t aware of the impact that I had made on the lives of Aboriginal people until I did a bit of travelling and visited various communities throughout Victoria. To see the way that my people looked at me and to know that I made a difference to them was an honour. -Lionel Rose


All the time he’s boxing, he’s thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him. -Jack Dempsey


Tell him he can have my title, but I want it back in the morning. -Jack Dempsey


When we started, it was based on lies. It’s changing now. There are no secrets in the business. You’ve got to come with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It’s becoming very confusing. -Don King


If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls’


I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We’ve all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up. -Sugar Ray Leonard


Rhythm is everything in boxing… -Sugar Ray Robinson


Once, I was at a party…This was at a time when it seemed like I had everything. I was young. I was undefeated. I had money. I`d just moved into my own home. People at the party were laughing and having fun. And I missed my mother. I felt so lonely. I remember asking myself, `Why isn`t my mother here? Why are all these people around me? I don`t want these people around me.’ I looked out the window and started crying. – Oscar De La Hoya


My power is discombobulating devastating. -Mike Tyson


There ain’t nothing like being in the corner, and the trainer is whispering in your ear and another guy is putting in your mouthpiece. Five seconds to go, the boom! The bell. It’s more exciting than looking down a cliff. -George Foreman


I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. -Muhammad Ali


I’m the best ever. I’m the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there has ever been. No one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No! I’m Alexander! He’s no Alexander! I’m the best ever. There’s never been anyone as ruthless as me. I’m Sonny Liston. I’m Jack Dempsey. There’s no one like me. I’m from their cloth. There is no one who can match me. My style is impetuous, my defence is impregnable, and I’m just ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Allah! -Mike Tyson


I love boxing and it did a lot for me. But sometimes it made me think how savage human beings could be to each other. That wasn’t the kind of boxer I wanted to be. My strategy was to be as scientific as I could when I fought. I didn’t want to be seriously hurt, and I didn’t want to do that to anybody else either. -Muhammad Ali


I just give lip service to being the greatest. He was the greatest. -Muhammad Ali


When you’re a great finisher, you’ll become popular. Joe Louis was a great finisher. -Mike Tyson


Even though I heard him say he doesn’t believe, cuz’ that’s why from watching Ali gave me the great deal of confidence and deep-down inner belief to believe there’s no man fighting that could beat me. -Mike Tyson


I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free. -Muhammad Ali


He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem. -Eddie Shaw


You don’t think. It’s all instinct. If you stop to think, you’re gone. -Sugar Ray Robinson