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By Katherine Johnson

February 21, 2018

The Squared Circle Boxing Club – 8623 8th Avenue South – Seattle, WA

The beautiful brutality that goes on in this building is not violence but a college that teaches men to soar, to crash, be humbled and to find that place where men blur the lines between respect, admiration and love for each other.

Training
“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

“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson

Skill
“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble. Your rhythm should set the pace of the fight. If it does, then you penetrate your opponent’s rhythm. You make him fight your fight, and that’s what boxing is all about.” ― Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray

“There is no such thing as a natural boxer. A natural dancer has to practice hard. A natural painter has to paint all the time. Even a natural fool has to work at it.” – Joe Louis

Opponents
“Earnie Shavers could punch you in the neck and break your ankle.” – Tex Cobb

“Fighting Cotto in the Garden is like fighting the Devil in Hell.” – Paulie Malignaggi

Warriors
“I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye for an eye business. I’m no cheek turner, I’ve got not respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” – Muhammad Ali

“My business is hurting people.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

“Yeah, I’m scared. I’m scared I might kill Schmeling.” – Joe Louis

Humility
“Every fighter have a plan until he’s been beaten” – Joe Louis

“I was on my face. I heard the count from one to 10. I kept telling myself that I had to get up, but I couldn’t move. I couldn’t make myself move. It was the strangest feeling.” – Rocky Marciano

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” ― Muhammad Ali

Most fighters are the most humble people in the world because they’ve gotten their ass kicked before. – Mike Tyson

Champions
There is no doubt that man is a competitive animal and there is no place where this fact is more obvious than in the ring. There is no second place. Either you win or you lose. When they call you a champion, it’s because you don’t lose. To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body. – Rocky Marciano

“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 the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ― Muhammad Ali

“I am not an animal in my personal life. But in the ring there is an animal inside me. Sometimes it roars when the first bell rights. Sometimes it springs out later in a fight. But i can always feel it there, driving me and pushing me forward. It is what makes me win. It makes me enjoy fighting.” – Roberto Duran

“Any man can do what he has to do. But doing it like you love it? That is what takes it to a whole different level. A champion does it like he loves it, even when he doesn’t.” -Mike Tyson

“I can show you how to box. I can teach you every technique and trick I know, but I can never make you a fighter. That comes from inside, and it’s something no one else can ever give you.” – Joe Louis

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved

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