During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 fights until the camp was liberated.

When 12-year-old Muhammad Ali’s beloved bicycle was stolen, he reported the theft to a police officer who was also a boxing trainer. He helped Ali win his first fight in just six weeks.