Boxing Quotes


Yesterday I was lying, today I am telling the truth.” - BOB ARUM


“Fifteen referees. I want fifteen referees to be at this fight because there ain’t no one man who can keep up with the pace I’m gonna set except me. There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.” -MUHAMMAD ALI

“SMOKIN’” JOE FRAZIER, TALKING TO KEN NORTON AT A SOCIAL GATHERING. Frazier: “Hey man, what you been doing?” Norton: “My wife just had a baby.” Frazier: “Congratulations! Whose baby is it?”


“Answering the fight doctor during his title bout against Jose Torres when asked, Do you know where you are? You’re damn right I know where I am! I’m in Madison Square Garden getting the sh*t kicked out of me.” - WILLIE PASTRANO


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


“I’ve got it made. I’ve got a wife and a TV set -- and they’re both working.” -WILLIE PEP


On a strange offer after becoming world champion - Pose nude for Playgirl - I wouldn’t pose nude for Boxing News -JOHN CONTEH


“He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” -LOU DUVA, VETERAN BOXING TRAINER, ON THE SPARTAN TRAINING REGIME OF HEAVYWEIGHT ANDREW GOLOTA


Me and Jake LaMotta grew up in the same neighbourhood. You wanna know how popular Jake was? When we played hide and seek, nobody ever looked for LaMotta. -ROCKY GRAZIANO


I might just fade into Bolivian” -MIKE TYSON


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


Always work the ref’s blind side. -FRITZIE ZIVIC


Jim Watt , former WBC lightweight champion, when asked about his “white complexion” by a reporter said: “I’m like a bottle of milk with gloves.”


“Yeah, I’m scared. I’m scared I might kill Schmeling.” - JOE LOUIS


On being asked, by a female reporter, if he watched his opponent’s eyes or gloves- His gloves, dear. I’ve never been hit by an eye in my life.-


On monetary demands after winning the world title - Everybody wants a piece of the cake, but my cake has no slices. - INGEMAR JOHANSSON


To become a champion, fight one more round. - JAMES CORBETT


On looking for a better class of opponent -1 don’t want to fight no Mexican roadsweepers no more. -NIGEL BENN


Bob Arum, after his fighter, Iran Barkley, won a fight: “If you think Barkley was mad before the fight, wait until he sees how many people are taking part of his purse.”


On boxing’s rating system. ‘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


On hitting a shaken opponent - His legs turned to spaghetti and I was all over him like the sauce. -VINNIE PAZIENZA


Jake LaMotta and I fought six times. We almost got married. - SUGAR RAY ROBINSON


Never eat less than four hours before boxing. Then eat only lightly. GENE TUNNEY


Tony Galento, when asked about Shakespeare: “I ain’t never heard of him. I suppose he’s one of them foreign heavyweights. They’re all lousy. Sure as hell I’ll moider de bum.”


A lot of boxing promoters couldn’t match the cheeks of their buttocks. -MICKEY DUFF


George Foreman: “Bob, I can’t chase these guys anymore.” Bob Arum: “George, I can’t put it in the contracts that they can’t run.”


George Foreman: “The referee is the most important man in the ring besides the two fighters.”


Max Baer, on Joe Louis: “He hit me 18 times while I was in the act of falling.”


Max Baer, when asked for his definition of fear: “Standing across the ring from Joe Louis and knowing he wants to go home early”


“Lie down so I can recognise you.” - Willie Pep, the American featherweight boxer, after being asked by an old opponent if Pep remembered him.


MIKE TYSON, ON FIGHTING LENNOX LEWIS: “My main objective is to be professional, but to kill him.”