Combat sports have sparked inspiration in thousands of people all over the world over many decades. The sport of Boxing in particular has produced many now famous quotes that often run right alongside the words of political and spiritual leaders. Words said in press conferences interviews and in the build up to bouts have resonated not only with other fighters but often reused in business, education and many other walks of life. So today is the turn of Cus D’Amato famous boxing coach of Iron Mike Tyson responsible for many words of wisdom. But this quote is possibly one of the most reused and paraphrased both in Boxing and beyond:
Boxing is a sport of self-control. You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you… Fear is a friend of exceptional people.
– Cus D’Amato