The 30 Most Inspirational and Motivational Boxing Quotes

Boxing is a sport where you can never take anything for granted. The smallest margin of error alter your career…and life. To succeed, skill and talent alone is not enough, but instead, the will to win is worth much more.

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Here are 30 of the most inspirational & motivational boxing quotes ever.

1Bruce Lee was an artist and, like him, I try to go beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want the public to see a knockout in the making.” – Sugar Ray Leonard


2 “Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.” – Sugar Ray Robinson, considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time.

3The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.” – George Foreman at age 45, on his fight with Michael Moorer


4His mouth made him feel like he was gonna win. Not his hands, I had my hand. He had his lips.” – Joe Frazier on his fight with Muhammad Ali


5The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” – Mike Tyson



6He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there’s no fighter smarter than me.” – Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.


7I fight for perfection” – “Iron” Mike Tyson



8Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” – George Foreman on his fight with Michael Moorer


9The loss just made me hungry; it made me want to go out and win another title.” – Thomas “Hitman” Hearns on his first loss to at the hands of Sugar Ray Leonard


10The 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.” – Muhammad Ali


11In 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.” – “Marvellous” Marvin Hagler

12He saved my life, he saved my career. I can’t thank him enough for the chance to fight him.” – Ken Norton, 5-1 underdog seizing his opportunity and winning his fight against Muhammad Ali.

13 “Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.” – Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran


14The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.” – Legendary trainer, Cus D’Amato

15The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life.” – First black world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson

16If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass.” – Randall “Tex” Cobb


17I’m not God, but I am something similar.” – Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran



18To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy.” – Cus D’Amato


19I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.” – Sugar Ray Leonard


20Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.” – Frank Bruno



21In boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent, it’s just like chess.” – Lennox Lewis


22I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” – Muhammad Ali


23It’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

24That’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

25To become a champion, fight one more round.” – James Corbett



26A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey



27The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali



28Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali



29When 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.” – J.Dempsey

30To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson


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