There’s more to boxing than just throwing hands. The sport transcends the four sides of the ring. In the new film CHAMPS—a documentary exploring the stories of boxing champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins—several influential people outside of the sport cite parallels between boxing and their own lives.
One such person is legendary soulful crooner Mary J. Blige. She—as well as Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, 50 Cent and Spike Lee—all lend their voices to speak on why boxing is important and the parallels it draws to their own lives.
In the following deleted scene, Mary links dodging and ducking punches to her rough upbringing. Press play to see it below, and you can see her and the rest of the CHAMPS movie now by headed to stores to grab the DVD.