If you are one of those people in life's boxing ring...keep picking yourself back up! There is a lot worth fighting for. Make a list: your family, your hopes, your faith. Fight for those things. Fight for you. Remember what Paul the apostle said in Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. "
Christ understands our fight, and every once in a while we are lucky enough to remember to take advantage of His sacrifice for us. When we do, suddenly we feel like we are "out of the ring" and we're not fighting anymore. His gift to us literally makes our burdens become light.
The image you see above, The Pugilist At Rest, shows that the sport of boxing isn't a new sport, and that Ancient boxing was much more brutal. The statue, thought to be Theogenes, a famous boxer in ancient times, is housed in the National Museum of Rome. It is from the late Hellenistic period. "His smashed nose, misshapen lips and cauliflower ears attest to a profession like no other." [quote from "Boxing History from Round One"] It was sculpted in the 1st century B.C., signed by Apollonius.
Speaking of pugilists . . . several years ago I read a short story by Thom Jones called, The Pugilist at Rest. I loved it because of the analogies to life's struggles and the themes of mortality and pain. I'm usually a promoter of optimistic stories, but sometimes, for me, it is validating to realize that suffering (necessary and unnecessary) is simply a part of life, and it's what we choose to create from the suffering that matters.