"I am his blood, he’s part of me, he gives me strength. I know the odds [my grandfather] conquered to survive in the Holocaust, and I know I can conquer the odds to become a world champion."
“My grandfather was in more than one camp. He tried to escape from [one of them]. It was really cold. [Nazi] soldiers caught him in a barn. They shot him three times then went to finish him off—and the gun froze. It was an act of god, you know? They figured he was going to die anyway, so left him there to bleed to death. He survived and he became part of the Jewish resistance.”
"I’m really addicted to the science of boxing and not getting hit, to the mental aspect. When I’m shadow-boxing, I feel like I’m dancing, like I’m making music, especially when I’m sharp and I’m on."