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20,100. It ain’t boxing, kid. It’s politics. (GBH Films & Boxing) American Gangster 2007 ***** starring Denzel Washington & Russell Crowe & Chiwetel Ejiofor & Cuba Gooding jr & Josh Brolin & Ted Levine & Armand Assante & Yul Vazqez & Ruby Dee et al, director Ridley Scott, Crowe to associate
20,201. I knock people down. (GBH Films & Fighting & Boxing) Hard Times aka The Streetfighter 1975 ***** starring Charles Bronson & James Coburn & Jill Ireland & Strother Martin & Margaret Blye & Robert Tessier & Nick Dimitri et al, director Walter Hill, him to her
20,203. He sure was something. (GBH Films & Fighting & Boxing) ibid. Coburn
20,793. It wasn’t him, Charlie. It was you ... This ain’t your night. My night – I coulda taken Wilson apart. So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors in the ballpark and what did I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville. You was my brother, Charlie. You shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me ... I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody instead of a bum. (GBH Films & Boxing) On the Waterfront 1953 starring Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint & Lee J Cobb & Karl Malden & Rod Steiger & Pat Hennnig & James Westerfield et al, director Elia Kazan, Brando
39,266. Let’s get ready to rumble! Michael Buffer
39,267. Let’s get it on. Mills Lane
39,268. Some fighters have talent but no character. Mills Lane
39,269. It’s not the best seat in the house, but it’s pretty darned good. Mills Lane
39,270. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Robert Fitzsimmons, prior to fight, cited Brooklyn Daily Eagle 11th August 1990
99,693. A man who went on to take Georgian Britain by storm. One of the former slaves who managed to get out of America was a teenage boxer from Staten Island called Bill Richmond … And then in his early 40s he made the most bizarre decision: he gave it all up [high social status] to become a bare-knuckle boxer in London … He was challenged to a fight: it was the spark that set him on course to become a boxing star, and one of Georgian Britain’s most famous celebrities. The world of prize-fighting, of bare-knuckle boxing was special to the British in a way that no other sport was, because the fighter was said to be the embodiment of the national characteristics of bravery and manliness and resilience, all the things the British liked to believe made them who they were. Now, these were the same days when Britain was the biggest slave-trading nation power in world, and yet by entering into this world, [Repton club], into this sport, Bill Richmond, a black guy, a former slave, was able to become not just a star but a national hero. (Black People & Slavery & Boxing & Britain) David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History II: Freedom ***** BBC 2016
39,271. Michael Parkinson to John Conteh: Is it true you don’t have sex before a fight?
Peter Cook as fellow guest: No, it’s during the fight. (Boxing & Sex) The Michael Parkinson Show
65,597. People love violence. They’ll slow down at a car wreck to check for bodies. (Boxing & Violence) Million Dollar Baby 2004 starring Hilary Swank & Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman & Jay Baruchel & Mike Colter & Lucia Rijker & Brian F O'Byrne & Anthony Machie & Margo Martindale & Riki Lindhome et al, director Clint Eastwood
39,272. If there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you. ibid. Eddie
39,273. To make a fighter you gotta strip them down to bare wood: you can’t just tell ’em to forget everything you know if you gotta make ’em forget even their bones ... make ’em so tired they only listen to you, only hear your voice, only do what you say and nothing else ... show ’em how to keep their balance and take it away from the other guy ... how to generate momentum off their right toe and how to flex your knees when you fire a jab ... how to fight backing up so that the other guy doesn't want to come after you. Then you gotta show ’em all over again. Over and over and over ... till they think they’re born that way. ibid.
39,274. Boxing is the magic of men in combat, the magic of will, and skill, and pain, and the risking of everything so you can respect yourself for the rest of your life. F X Toole, introduction to Million Dollar Baby
39,275. To me boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other. Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
39,276. Unlike any other sport the objective in boxing is chillingly simple: one man purposely endeavours to inflict bodily harm on another man. Howard Cosell, I Never Played the Game
39,277. A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. (Boxing & Chess) Emo Philips
39,278. Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped. James J Corbett
39,279. All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on. Gerry Cooney
39,280. Mental strength is really important because you either win or lose in your mind. And I’m not solely talking about sporting matches, boxing events – anything you do, you do it first with your mental strength. And you can actually train and develop it, and I am responsible for what I’m saying because I have experience with that. (Boxing & Mind) Wladimir Klitschko
39,281. Sure, there have been injuries and deaths in boxing – but none of them serious. Alan Minter
39,282. I want to be remembered as a great athlete. As a boxing champion. Idi Amin
39,283. Boxing has become America's tragic theatre. Joyce Carol Oates
39,284. Everything in tennis is so neat and nice but boxing has sport down to its essence; it is very pure and I like that. Andy Murray
39,285. Reality show? You can't find anything better than boxing because of the trials and errors, the ups and downs, the struggle when you get knocked down to get back up. Use it symbolically and interchangeably for life. Don King
39,286. Earnie Shavers could punch you in the neck and break your ankle. Randall Tex Cobb
39,287. There are too many governing bodies. They’re all corrupt. I think they have replaced the old Mobsters with the kind of ‘corporate rule’ of boxing. Larry Merchant
39,288. It is not uncommon for fighters’ camps to be gloomy. In heavy training, fighters live in dimensions of boredom others do not begin to contemplate. Fighters are supposed to. The boredom creates an impatience with one’s life, and a violence to improve it. Boredom creates a detestation for losing. Norman Mailer, The Fight
39,303. The Boxing movie has never stood still. Danny Leigh, Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring, BBC 2013
39,304. In 1980 at eight years old I was too young to know that one of the greatest ever had just been made: Raging Bull. ibid.
39,305. The first true blockbuster would be a boxing film. And the first movie stars were prizefighters. ibid.
39,306. The public were gathering in Ali’s corner. ibid.
39,307. Stallone went on to build a franchise of six Rocky films and a movie career now spanning forty years. ibid.
39,308. The secret of the boxing movie is that we are the boxer. We are Rocky Balboa. ibid.