This is my collection of interesting (serious) quotes from boxing. See also my top 10 favorite boxing quotes selected from the quotes below. If you know of a quote that should be listed here, let me know. There are also some Funny Boxing Quotes.
"If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass."
"I'm scared every time I go into the ring, but it's how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece and say, 'Let's go.' "
"A champion shows who he is by what he does when he's tested. When a person gets up and says 'I can still do it', he's a champion."
If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove. That's all I am. I live it.
"You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win."
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
"That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy."
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.
"Fighting, to me, seems barbaric. I don't really like it. I enjoy out-thinking another man and out-maneuvering him, but I still don't like to fight."
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
"I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight."
"I wanted to do in boxing what Bruce Lee was able to do in karate. Lee was an artist, and, like him, I try to get beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want my fights to be seen as plays."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion".
"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was"
"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
Attack is only one half of the art of boxing.
Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.
The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.
"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
"I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee."
"I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
"At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far."
- Boxing is the intentional concussion of the opponent's brain into a coma. -Boghos L. Artinian (April 2023)