21 Inspirational Boxing Quotes

There are so many great boxing quotes but below are the a few that are inspirational, ones that fire you up and make you want to train harder. Boxing is a brutal sport and requires a level of courageousness as well as craziness to partake in. As some of these quotes will tell you, much of a fight’s outcome is determined not by what happens in the ring but what happens leading up to the ring. The long hours of practice and mental preparation, the experience and lessons from previous fights, and how you feel as you step up to the ring. Once the fight begins, it’s how well you handle getting hit. Very few people would ever step into a boxing match but it’s one hell of a sport to watch.

Let’s start with a motivational boxing video of some great comebacks proving that it ain’t over ’til it’s over:

Famous Boxing Quotes


“Inactivity is the biggest sin in boxing.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

“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

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

“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.'” – Mike Tyson

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

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

“I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.” – Muhammed Ali

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

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

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” – Muhammad Ali

“To be a great champion you must first believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” – Muhammad Ali

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

“I 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

“To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body. When you can’t make that commitment, they don’t call you a champion anymore.” – Rocky Marciano

“It’s not how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

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

“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.” – Evander Holyfield

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

“The 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.” – Cus D’Amato

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

“It’s not rage that drives me, it’s competition.” – Lenox Lewis

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