ᐅ179+ Best Joe Frazier Quotes of All Time (BOXING)

Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning

“Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.” — Joe Frazier

I don’t mind people want to think Muhammad is the greatest fighter around.

I don't mind people want to think Muhammad is the greatest fighter around. Everybody wants to make him great because of his mouth, that he was the best. He was good, but that doesn't make him great. I proved that. -Joe Frazier

Twenty years I’ve been fighting Ali, and I still want to take him apart

Twenty years I've been fighting Ali, and I still want to take him apart piece by piece and send him back to Jesus. -Joe Frazier

This is just another man, another fight, another payday.

This is just another man, another fight, another payday. -Joe Frazier

Trust me. Sometimes God comes down and puts his hand on you if

Trust me. Sometimes God comes down and puts his hand on you if you're too big in your thoughts. -Joe Frazier

My left eye went when I was young. I was working the speed bag, and some steel

My left eye went when I was young. I was working the speed bag, and some steel went in the eye and scratched it to pieces. I was kinda blind in that eye. -Joe Frazier

This ultimate fighting stuff is something I don’t agree with.

This ultimate fighting stuff is something I don't agree with. Once a man is down, you have to let him have a chance to prove how good he is. -Joe Frazier

Preaching don’t mean you are a true man. You got to go out and do.

Preaching don't mean you are a true man. You got to go out and do. -Joe Frazier

My mom allowed me to take an old burlap bag and fill it with moss

My mom allowed me to take an old burlap bag and fill it with moss, corn stalks and rocks, then hang it from a tree and spend an hour a day punching my heavy bag. -Joe Frazier

Had my own car at twelve years old. Left school in the tenth grade

Had my own car at twelve years old. Left school in the tenth grade. Married when I was sixteen. Ain't hard to figure out; I was a man at a very young age. -Joe Frazier

It was all about the ring. That’s where you got your brains shook and the

It was all about the ring. That's where you got your brains shook and the money took. -Joe Frazier

When you work for me, you don’t say good things about Ali.

When you work for me, you don't say good things about Ali. -Joe Frazier

Ali would not be Ali unless I had come along. Him and me had three fights.

Ali would not be Ali unless I had come along. Him and me had three fights. -Joe Frazier

I was never, ever once angry in the ring.

I was never, ever once angry in the ring. -Joe Frazier

I went to see President Nixon at the White House.

I went to see President Nixon at the White House. It wasn't difficult to get a meeting because I was heavyweight champion of the world. So I came to Washington and walked around the garden with Nixon, his wife and daughter. I said: I want you to give Ali his licence back. I want to beat him up for you. -Joe Frazier

Ali even told me in the ring, ‘You can’t beat me – I’m your Lord.’ I just told him,

Ali even told me in the ring, 'You can't beat me - I'm your Lord.' I just told him, 'Lord, you're in the wrong place tonight.' -Joe Frazier

“Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat

"Champions aren't made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights." ~ Joe Frazier

“You can map out a light plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go

"You can map out a light plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you're down to the reflexes you developed in training. That's where roadwork shows - the training you did in the dark of the mornin' will show when you're under the bright lights." ~ Joe Frazier

“If you cheat in the dark of the morning, you’ll get found in the bright lights of the night.”

"If you cheat in the dark of the morning, you'll get found in the bright lights of the night." ~ Joe Frazier

“Life doesn’t run away from nobody. Life runs at people.”

"Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people." ~ Joe Frazier

“Courage is how bad you want it.”

"Courage is how bad you want it." ~ Joe Frazier

“Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there.”

"Champions aren't made in the ring, they are merely recognized there." ~ Joe Frazier

“If I lose, I’ll walk away and never feel bad because I did all I could.

"If I lose, I'll walk away and never feel bad because I did all I could. There was nothing more to do." ~ Joe Frazier

“There’s one thing I don’t ever think about: losing … Instead, I think about how I’m

"There's one thing I don't ever think about: losing ... Instead, I think about how I'm going to win, and how I can do it the quickest way." ~ Joe Frazier

“I don’t think a man has to go around shouting and play-acting to prove he is something.

"I don't think a man has to go around shouting and play-acting to prove he is something. And a real man don't go around putting other guys down, trampling their feelings in the dirt, making out they're nothing." ~ Joe Frazier

“I hit him with body shots that would have brought down cities.”

"I hit him with body shots that would have brought down cities." ~ Joe Frazier

“Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your

"Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book." ~ Joe Frazier

“Joe Louis is the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. Rocky Marciano is second

"Joe Louis is the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. Rocky Marciano is second only to Louis. Where do I rate Ali? Somewhere below me. I beat him, and if I could beat him, no doubt Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano could have beaten him." ~ Joe Frazier

“I loved fighting… It gave me the opportunity to prove myself, to stand up and say,

"I loved fighting... It gave me the opportunity to prove myself, to stand up and say, 'I'm the best. I matter. I am." ~ Joe Frazier

“A sound body keeps a sound mind.” ~ Joe Frazier

"A sound body keeps a sound mind." ~ Joe Frazier

“I got a burlap sack, put a brick in the middle, and filled it with rags, corncobs, some

"I got a burlap sack, put a brick in the middle, and filled it with rags, corncobs, some Spanish moss, and sand. I hung that sack off the branch of an oak tree. I'd wrap my hands with a necktie of my daddy's and punch at it. My mom gave me an hour a day. My brothers and sisters said, "Nah." I said, "You'll see." ~ Joe Frazier

“Ali always said I would be nothing without him, but who would he have been without me?”

"Ali always said I would be nothing without him, but who would he have been without me?" ~ Joe Frazier

“Ali kept calling me ugly, but I never thought of myself as being any uglier than him

"Ali kept calling me ugly, but I never thought of myself as being any uglier than him, I have 11 babies, somebody thought I was cute." ~ Joe Frazier

“Work is the only meanin’ I’ve ever known. Like the man in the song says, I just gotta keep

"Work is the only meanin' I've ever known. Like the man in the song says, I just gotta keep on keepin' on." ~ Joe Frazier

“I want to hit him, step away and watch him hurt. I want his heart.”

"I want to hit him, step away and watch him hurt. I want his heart." ~ Joe Frazier

“I wasn’t a big guy. People thought the big guys would eat me up. But it was the other

"I wasn't a big guy. People thought the big guys would eat me up. But it was the other way around. I loved to fight bigger guys." ~ Joe Frazier

“I’ve achieved ‘the American dream.’ I feel it’s my duty to help others achieve their vision

"I've achieved 'the American dream.' I feel it's my duty to help others achieve their vision, too - especially the youth." ~ Joe Frazier

“I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece

"I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece. It'll come together again when they put me down." ~ Joe Frazier

“You got 3 things going against you: you’re good, you’re left-handed, and you’re black”

"You got 3 things going against you: you're good, you're left-handed, and you're black" ~ Joe Frazier

“His mouth made him feel like he was gonna win. Not his hands, I had my hand. He had his

"His mouth made him feel like he was gonna win. Not his hands, I had my hand. He had his lips." ~ Joe Frazier

“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.”

"When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win." ~ Joe Frazier

“The boxing game has been good, so we need to give back. We have to teach young

"The boxing game has been good, so we need to give back. We have to teach young men how to be men." ~ Joe Frazier

“I don’t want nothing comin’ at me that I can’t stop.”

"I don't want nothing comin' at me that I can't stop." ~ Joe Frazier

“Since I was a boy of five or six, I had it in my mind I would be a world boxing champion.

"Since I was a boy of five or six, I had it in my mind I would be a world boxing champion." ~ Joe Frazier

“There are places on a man’s head that are as hard as a rock. Your head’s actually stronger

"There are places on a man's head that are as hard as a rock. Your head's actually stronger than your body. And you don't have too many instruments up there workin." ~ Joe Frazier

“Work is the only meanin’ I’ve ever known.”

"Work is the only meanin' I've ever known." ~ Joe Frazier

“When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad. He’d use his right hand

"When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad. He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left." ~ Joe Frazier

“I grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, in a six-room farmhouse with a couple of

"I grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, in a six-room farmhouse with a couple of leaning posts to keep it from fallin'. I came up in a time when men were men." ~ Joe Frazier

“I hated Ali. God might not like me talking that way, but its in my heart.”

"I hated Ali. God might not like me talking that way, but its in my heart." ~ Joe Frazier

“The way I fight, it’s not me beatin’ the man. I make the man whip himself.”

"The way I fight, it's not me beatin' the man. I make the man whip himself." ~ Joe Frazier

“Joe Frazier’s life didn’t start with Ali. I was a Golden Gloves champ. Gold medal in Tokyo

"Joe Frazier's life didn't start with Ali. I was a Golden Gloves champ. Gold medal in Tokyo '64. Heavyweight champion of the world long before I fought Ali in the Garden." ~ Joe Frazier

“I had a job to do in the ring, and the businessmen around me had a job to do

"I had a job to do in the ring, and the businessmen around me had a job to do outside the ring, I did my job by beating up most of the guys they put in front of me and staying in shape, but the people I trusted didn't do their jobs." ~ Joe Frazier

“If I said ‘Fall down’, he’s gonna fall down. I’m still his father.”

"If I said 'Fall down', he's gonna fall down. I'm still his father." ~ Joe Frazier

“Fighting George Foreman is like being in the street with an 18-wheeler coming at you.”

"Fighting George Foreman is like being in the street with an 18-wheeler coming at you." ~ Joe Frazier