“You’ll never fight again,” are words that although so presumably final in their meaning, do not speak to the fighter’s spirit, which is innately drawn to the challenge of such words. Just ask recent case study, Brooklyn born middleweight Danny Jacobs, who recently overcame cancer to return to the ring.
Boxing is a sport in which overcoming odds is not singularly attributable to those which are determined by bookmakers, but also insurmountable odds that exist prior to ever even lacing leather to fist.
Although some may not draw inspiration from the sport of fighting, it is impossible to remain reticent towards those who have fought either to get into or remain in the sport.
Including Jacobs, here are several of the most inspirational stories of gloved gladiators.