"Upon finishing my book, my dream was for Muhammad Ali to write a few lines. Ali asked me to send him my photography. Three days later I received an overnight express envelope. It contained the pictures I’d sent him. Each one was signed differently, with each signature somehow complementing the style of the photograph. I was moved to have received this very special gift." Martine Barrat
Morales gave him that nickname because the boy had a left hook that reminded him of the original Kid Chocolate. Jaime Morales came to New York from Puerto Rico in 1953.
"I always teach the best I can. Kid Chocolate was one of the best. I call Otis Brown 'Kid Chocolate.' When you give a nickname like that, the kid feels better. He feels like he is somebody.
"I know I was born to take care of children. I love children. I save my money so I can buy them gloves, and food for them after the fight."
His father asked me to do a portrait of him, "to put next to his trophies in our living room." I wish I could remember his name.
A doctor checking a boxer's vision before the fight.
Mark Breland won the National twice. He was the first fighter to win the Championship Belt and the Golden Gloves five times. He won a gold medal as a lightweight in the 1984 Olympics.
"When he was smaller he would tell me 'I can't,' and I say, 'You ain't no worse if you can't.' So I figure that was why he so good. Because he will try.
"When Mark first started, didn't nobody want to bother with him because he was so skinny. Little skinny thing with braids in his hair. So I said, 'I'll take care of him.' One Saturday, I went up to his father and said, 'See this little skinny kid here? I'ma make a champ out of him.' And his father said, 'Yeah? You think you can?' And sure 'nough, he went on and made the Olympics.
"A lot of them when they get up there on the top, they leave me. Except Mark. Mark the only kid that stick with me. He told his manager that as long as he fighting, I'll be there. He seem like he love me. I love him too."
- George Washington, Mark Breland's trainer