I won’t say the decision was good for boxing, … But rivalries are. Jermain Taylor won this fight, but he knows he didn’t win it like the public wants to see. That’s why we’ll have a rematch and I’ll come back like champions do.
I was totally ignorant to boxing other than throwing punches, … That’s when I became eager to learn why did it happen, how did it happen and how to prevent it.
There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘’Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'’
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
I suddenly got obsessive about boxing and Muhammad Ali around the time he was fighting Joe Frazier. I went off and did boxing. I looked incredibly good in the gym.
I didn't know how to box so I would have looked like a complete street fighter actually, but what we did have to do was pick up some sides and then just memorize them within two days and go there and audition.
After awhile, when I started boxing, and started really fighting within myself, my animalistic qualities, and I started letting out all the aggressions that I've learned to suppress throughout my life, I realized how beautiful it is, to let loose and feel free.
You know how we all sing in the shower? That's how I box, in the shower.
We wanted the boxing to look authentic. To do that, we had to go in there and dish it, and give it.
We filmed one boxing scene for three days, and this guy has to hit you in the ribs for three days. I just wanted to be prepared and build my body up as much as I could.
To capture boxing on film I think is the hardest thing. No helmets, you can't hide the guy. I took some shots and gave some shots out.
Rocky is the quintessential boxing film, but guys in the boxing gyms completely think that's a misrepresentation of boxing.
I'm an avid boxing fan, so that was an attraction as well. And to work with Meg Ryan, Charles Dutton... and I just thought the story was great.
I had known about Jackie Kallen's boxers, but I had no idea they were managed by a woman.
Boxing, for me, it's the beginning of all sports. I'm willing to bet that the first sport was a man against another man in a fight, so I think that's something innate in all of us.
Jim had to go on the dole, but he didn't wear the pain on his sleeve, ... He accepted it and kept trying to do the best he could for his family. The Great Depression is a character, and I think the villain in this piece is poverty. If there's a single moment in Braddock's life that I think makes him important in history, it's the fact that he went to the Social Security Commission and repaid the money he'd taken when he was on the dole. That shows you more about his character than anything in his boxing career.
I never saw Jim as a man who really lived for boxing at all. To me, the story was interesting because of his change of fortune. I thought, 'This is a great story, because it's true. You couldn't make it up.' Braddock had been a very responsible young man when he was doing well as a boxer. He'd saved his money, he hadn't wasted it. He hadn't lived outside his means. He did the thing everybody said to do at the time, which was to invest his money in the stock market. And in October 1929, he lost 85 per cent of his total net worth and was brought to the brink of bankruptcy. Suffice it to say, things turned bad.
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