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Accidental Butt -  A headbutt, which takes place unintentionally. When heads of both the fighters collide and the referee decided that it is no one's fault, so warned both the fighters to be careful ahead, but no penalties implemented.

Accidental Headbutt - This refers to an anti-boxing strike, often done spontaneously. A targeted hit with the head typically involves the use of head's robust parts on an opponent that can cause severe injuries and result at the end of the bout.

Alphabet Groups - This term describes the several boxing associations such as WBA, IBF, WBC, WBO that rules and manage the sports. These governing bodies (Alphabet Groups) are responsible for many activities, events, rules, and regulations in this sport.

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Amateur - Refers to an unprofessional boxer who doesn't get paid straightforwardly for boxing in the ring and thus cannot be titled or compete. Amateur takes boxing, as an activity for pleasure rather than for monetary benefit or professional reasons.    

Amateur Boxing - Amateur boxing is carried out at the collegiate level by amateur associations of boxing. This boxing round remains short and it is compulsory for boxers to wear headgear and gloves. Its scoring is based on point-scoring blows instead of physical power impacts.


Bantamweight - In boxing, a bout is often scheduled for a fixed weight class and weight of every participating boxer must not go beyond the upper limit. Bantamweight lies midway between a flyweight and a featherweight, usually has the weight range 52 kilograms to 53.5 kilograms.     

Barnstormer -  This is a term used for a boxer who normally travels from one region to another, competing in fights, frequently against neighbouring heroes, and earn minimum but normal pay every day.

Be First - Refers to an action where the fighter's trainer tells them to throw their punches more aggressively before an opponent. The coach used "be first" to enhance the inner power of fighter. It simply refers to the action of being more strong and powerful.

Beard - This term usually refers to fighter's capacity to absorb a punch on chin or jaw. In case, boxer take a punch well, it refers they have a good beard or else called as a glass jaw or poor beard.

Beat the Count - Beat the Count refers to fighter's ability to get back in position to fight after being knocked down by an opponent within the count of 10. It shows the abilities and eagerness of a fighter to win the bout.

Below the Belt - Below the belt describes hitting an opponent in the nether parts. All the body parts lie underneath the line of the opponent's navel such as the genital area, legs, and crotch are known as below the belt. The boxing rules recommend that fighters cannot strike below the belt, hold, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, and spit on the opponent. Hitting below the belt often consider illegal, cruel, and extremely offensive in boxing.

Bleeder - Bleeder refers to a boxer who bleeds easily by a small cut. These fighters have the tendency to bleed in large amount. Boxing is always cruel and bleeders of boxing tend to be chosen by temperament, not by choice.

Block - A defensive move made by the fighter to block or guard the punches coming from the opponent. Punch Blocking can be done by arms, elbows, hands or wrists.  

Blow - Hard hit with a hand is called Blow. Fighter's hard blow to the body part can make difficult for the opponent to breathe easily. It is not allowed to strike a hard blow on the head because that can put the opponent in the unconscious state.

Blow by Blow - Blow-by-blow is a description containing every minute details and deeds of an event. It describes the detail illustration of an origin, reference, players, conditions, criteria, goals, and end of a boxing match.

Bob and Weave - Quick body movements up and down and from side to side to evade an opponent in the ring are referred to as Bob and weave. It includes leaning and rotating with the top while altering the location of the upper body. It is a vague approach by a boxer.

Body Punches - This term refers to punches that land underneath the opponent's neck but remain on top of the belt. Body punches are a remarkable shot that can give high pain and make it difficult for an opponent to continue the fight.

Body Shot - It is a strong punch, generally known as a hook or uppercut in boxing. Body Shot is used in opening up defences and setting up headshots. This punch if delivered on the liver area can be extremely painful, and capable to knock out opponent completely before the end of the match.

Bolo Punch - The low-level swing hit with a whip action is called Bolo punch. It is a blend of a hook and an uppercut. The punch starts below the waist and never hits higher than the upper stomach. It begins below the waist and aims the face, neck, or groin of the opponent. It is more often used as a distraction. Kid Gavilan was one of the renowned professional bolo punchers who use this advanced technique perfectly to defeat his opponent.

Bout - This term is used for the boxing match. It is a time period in which the fight takes place and fighters aim to score most of the points. The bout can't stop until the hurt boxer is not capable to continue.

Boxer's Handshake - It is a protocol of boxing where boxers greet each other by touching knuckles. It's not important whether they are wearing gloves or not, touching gloves ahead of the opening bell is a part of boxing.

Brawler - Someone who can throw combination punches frequently, have a comfortable offensive stance and usually depend on dodging punches rather than being defensive. Brawler has fast reflexes and great balancing ability to punch powerfully from any angle.

Breadbasket - This is a boxing slang used for indicating the surrounding area of the stomach or abdominal. More often Breadbasket refers to the sweet spot underneath the navel and on top of the genital part.

Break - This term is used by the Referee when he wants to hold the action for a while and separate the boxers. It is also called as a defensive move by referee where he separates two fighters in a clinch.


Canvas - The floor in the boxing ring is referred to as Canvas. Floors of boxing rings are conventionally made from Canvas, however, these days ring flooring is also of vinyl.    

Card - Describes the schedule of any boxing event or tournament that lists fights and matches. A card list-up all the matches taking place in a particular event. It has all the main matches and an under-card listing of the tournament.

Catchweight - Nonstandard weight limit in professional boxing is referred to as Catchweight. It comes into the limelight when both boxers are from different weight classes. It is a weigh-in taken before a day prior to the fight for matching the level of both the fighters in the ring according to their weight.

Caught Cold - This is a term used in reference to a fighter who has knocked out very early due to the improper warm up or mental instability. It describes boxer gets hurt in just an opening round or stops early in the fight.

Challenger - Refers to a boxer who fights with a champion for winning the championship title. They use the professional's skills to turn the odds against their favour. They are a real competitor to win the fight unanimously.

Champion  - A fighter who has a notable win over other competitors and keeps winning afterwards is called a Champion. Regardless of the opponent in front of them, the champion always remains positive in their abilities and finds a way to win.

Check Hook - Also known as the step-back hook, it is employed as a counter to a progressive opponent. Oftentimes, aggressive opponents moving can be difficult to deal with. If you met such an opponent, it is extremely easy to revert to a protective shell and move away to the ropes where you are vulnerable to being cornered. The check hook is an effectual method to counter this situation. Its secret lays in the footwork i.e. the quicker and more volatile your step back is, the check hook become more strong.

Chief Second - A person chose by the boxer to provide advice and assistance during the bout, usually, the coach or trainer is referred to as the Chief Second. He is accountable for the demeanour of the assistant seconds.

Chin - Fighter's capability to endure physical pain to the chin without being knocked down or unconscious during a fight. The strong chin can be only possible through neck-strengthening exercises and strong willpower.

Clinch - A technique used to break the momentum of an opponent. It permits boxers to close the distance and opens up chances to land within throws or strikes to the opponent. This is a momentary match state, promptly dissipated by the referee.

Clinching - A move used by a fighter to grab an opponent for trapping his arms so that he cannot use them against him. A long-drawn-out clinch can be broken by the referee and can lead to disqualification.

Combination - Series of punches strike to the opponent. It includes the combination of different types of punches into a series to put the opponent in difficult condition. These punches are difficult to execute in the ring.

Contender - This term refers to a skilled opponent who can challenge the world title by raising his playing techniques continuously. Contender has a little different meaning than a competitor, often implying highly energetic boxer who can take on every unpredicted challenge.

Corkscrew Punch - A punch thrown in a twisting movement that often causes cuts are known as Corkscrew Punch. This punch appears like a variant of the Jab with a 180° rotation. It is thrown with the elbow out and the twisting wrist's movement.

Corner - The corners are the diagonally opposite angles of a boxing ring where fighters take rest between the bout. Usually, three men rest in the corner along with the boxer that includes the trainer, the assistant trainer, and the cut-man.

Corner Man / Cornerman - Coach or a colleague who support, assists and guide a boxer during a match is known as a "Cornerman". The Corner Man stays in close proximity to the fighting area, has permission to be there in a fighter's corner and helps the fighter by providing advice, assistance and instructions to them between every round and throughout a boxing match. The cornerman can also "throw in the towel" if required during a match.     

Count - This term describes the tolling of the seconds of the clock by the referee when a fighter is down on the canvas. When a player is knocked down in a match, the referee often counts over them and the player must rise on their feet, without any help, by the last count or else judged to be knocked out.

Counter Punch / Counterpunch - This is a punch hit in response or comes back as an answer to a nasty move. Counterpunch is thrown quickly after the opponent misses his own punch. To deliver it, a fighter must have accurate timing, skill, and great ring intellect. Counterpunching is a style developed on the basis of hitting back where boxers use their razor-sharp responses to utilize an open gap. It is a proficiently timed punch generally comes in response or in anticipation of the opposite fighter. The boxer often tries to block or dodge the attacker's punch and then hit the new gap in the guard. Counterpunching can lead to severe damage if the opponent doesn't have good reflexes or isn't quick enough to maintain defence and balance.

Cover Up - Referring to a defensive technique used by boxers to protect against the opponent's punches. Boxers usually hold up their hands and forearms to cover up the opponent's attack on their unprotected part of the body.

Cross - Powerful punch straight on the opponent face with the rear hand. It is usually thrown from the guard position below the chin, crossing the body towards the opponent in a straight line.  

Cruiserweight - A weight class also known as a junior heavyweight is less recognized weight division in boxing. The maximum weight for this class is 200 pounds (90.9 kg), lies usually between light heavyweight and heavyweight. The WBC first recognized this class on 8th December 1979 for the match between Marvin Camel and Mate Parlov. Evander Holyfield, Carlos De León, Johnny Nelson, and Marco Huck are some of the best cruiserweight boxers of all time.    

Cut Man / Cutman - Someone who is accountable for curing and treating physical damages to a boxer at some point in between match's round break. To be a Cutman, a person should have years of experience, training, and self-control. The Cut Man has the responsibility of checking the boxer physical condition throughout all the stops between all the rounds of a boxing match. The Cutman is also the person responsible to cure swelling, nose bleeding and any other cuts the fighter can get during the fight.     


Disqualification - When a match is stopped in short of knockout due to violating rules or repetitive foul made by any fighter, it leads to disqualification. The disqualified fighter eventually loses the bout and the opponent win the match.

Dive - Refers to a pretended knockout made by a boxer or called as a planned move. Dive takes place when one boxer purposely falls down for the count or to be knocked out. Simply it is an intentional way to lose the bout.

Down and Out - This term refers to a fighter who has knocked out by an opponent. There are several time rounds take place during the whole match and in each round, the boxer tries to punch their opponent in order to knock him out quickly. When a fighter received a hard hit on the head that makes him imbalance and knocked down on the floor or even put in the condition of unconsciousness it can be referred to as being down and out.

Down for the Count - This term is used when the opponent on canvas has knocked down a boxer and he is failed to rise on his feet before the count of 10 by a referee, thus losing the match.

Draw - A result occurred when both the fighters tie or have the equal number of points from the judges scoring the match. However, the draw is rare in professional boxing due to the scoring system in place.

Duck - Refers to a movement where boxers move from side to side to save himself from opponent's punches. When a fighter drops his weight down to avoid a punch from the opponent is called a duck.


Eight Count - This is a rule in which the referee gives a count of eight seconds to the fighter who has been knocked down by the opponent. The referee usually checks the condition of a boxer during the count of eight seconds and then observes whether he should continue the fight or not.

Enswell - This term given to a metal piece or hard compress used for reducing swelling occurred on the face of the fighter. The cutman uses the enswell directly on the cut above the boxer's eye and tries to diminish the swelling and stop the bleeding instantly.


Faded - This term refers to a boxer who is not performing well in the matches or has a poor performance recently.

Fall Through the Ropes - This is a phrase used when a fighter is knocked out of the ring, within the ropes or not and the referee gives a count of twenty to raise boxer on his feet without any support and begin fighting. If the fighter is unable to resume, he is considered knocked out.

Featherweight - Refers to a weight class that lies midway between bantamweight and lightweight category. The boxer must weigh between 118 to 126 pounds (54 to 57 kg) in this category. Some of the best and legendary boxers of all the time such as Willie Pep, Henry Armstrong, Sandy Saddler, Abe Attell, George Dixon, Young Griffo, and Terry McGovern, set a great benchmark for many generations to compete in the featherweight class in the history of the sport.

Feint - A false punch or any nasty movement utilizes by a boxer with the intention of diverting the opponent's mind and makes a real attack. For example, a boxer usually acts as if it is looking to hit the body, however, he instead hits his head.

Flash Knockdown - When the boxer knocked down on the canvas but recovers promptly within a minute of starting referee's count is called as Flash Knockdown state. It usually takes place when a boxer become imbalance or get off guard.

Flyweight - The Flyweight class boxer must weigh between 49 kg (108 lb) to 51 kg (112 lb). This is a longtime noticeable weight class in boxing which have some big names on the chart. Sid Smith was the first flyweight champion announced by the British Boxing Board of Control in 1911. Recent notable flyweight boxers include some big names such as WBA - Artem Dalakian, WBC - Charlie Edwards, IBF - Moruti Mthalane and WBO - Kosei Tanaka.

Foul / Fouls - Breaking any rules and regulations in boxing will be considered as a foul or fouls. It can result as a warning, a deduction of points or even result as a disqualification by the jury if committed purposely. It counts and affects scoring directly and decided by the referee on the basis of its severity.

Fringe Contender - This term refers to a low-rated competitor on the top of the world rankings. It is more like a journeymen fighter who has excellent experience in all sorts of boxing techniques but couldn't prove his abilities on big contests.


Gate - The total money earned through selling tickets on-site is referred to as the gate. It is the amount of money collected through the sale of tickets from the boxing venue.

Gatekeeper - One of the professional fighters who can't be a title contender but considered a trial for upcoming fighters appearing as contenders. Gatekeepers remain furious, a hostile slugger who guarded the gate with high tenacity.

Get Off - This term refers to the ability of a boxer to “let his hands go” or throw uninhibited to build up an efficient offensive attack.

Glass Chin / Glass Jaw - A term that describes the inability of a boxer to take up blows to the jaw or chin. If the jaw or the chin of the boxer are extremely fragile or vulnerable to punches even to a light blow or too low intensity punches it means that the boxer can't take a punch. It’s a major disadvantage, but the likes of Amir Khan and Wladimir Klitschko have coped up with this condition which didn't prevent them to become champions in spite of hypothetically having weak mandibles.

Gloves - Gloves are hand-protecting guard wear by fighters on their hands during boxing matches and practices. They are specially designed to guard the hands of fighter and make them able to fight comfortably with the opponent.

Go the Distance - When boxer fights a complete bout without being knocked out, it is referred to as Go the distance. Its a capability of a fighter to finish all rounds without being numb or unconscious and get a match decision either in favour or not.

Go to the Body - A nasty strategy used by a fighter that has the main focus on attacking the abdominal part of an opponent instead of focusing on the head as a main target of fighter.

Go to the Cards / Go to the Scorecards - Describes a decision taken by the judges in case the fight has completed and no boxer has won via a knockout. The decision of the winner is based on the score valuation of each round and the boxer who is at the forefront of the scorecards wins the match by technical decision.   

Governing Body - Group of people which has the right to implement governance in boxing is termed as Governing Body. They are responsible for governing, developing, and controlling boxing in clubs and competition. They handle complete administration.


Haymaker - A wild swinging punch strike with the complete body weight in an effort to knock out an opponent. Haymakers are used in boxing as a last chance with the aim of breaking an opponent's jaw and winning the fight instantly.

Head Butt / Headbutt  - Attack with the head as the boxer intentionally or unintentionally uses his head to impose damage on the opponent. The attack involves the use of the powerful parts of the head butter to make a severe impact on the opponent is referred to as Headbutt. It is mostly used to strike the nose of an opponent and can be used as opposing the opponent’s punch.

Heavyweight  - The heaviest competitive weight class in professional boxing that requires the boxer's weight to be more than 175 pounds (79.4 kg). Muhammad Ali is known as the number one HEAVYWEIGHT champion of all time, however, some other legendary boxer in this category includes John L. Sullivan, James Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, and James Jeffries.

Hitting on the Break - Hitting on the break takes place when a referee try to dissolve clinching between both the fighter and instead of stepping back they are hitting opponents. This is a breach of the boxing rules and can consider a foul.     

Hometown Decision - This is a decision made by the judges in favour of hometown boxer is called Hometown decision. Boxers fighting in or near his hometown get every favour by the judging officials to make him win or draw a match.

Hook - A semi-circular power punch thrown by the front hand to the side of the challenger's head. The boxer usually uses his front or leading hand by bringing his elbow up and moving his body in a circular motion to punch the opponent.  


Infighting / Inside Fighting / Inside Fighter - Hitting punches closely to each other is called as Infighting, Inside Fighter or Inside Fighting. It is a form of boxing, which shows a fighter response to overpower his opponent's blow by applying steady pressure. This happens when a boxer is likely to get closer to the opponent and overpower him with his extremely powerful punches. Inside fighter is also known as swarmers, in-fighters, or crowders that have an excellent chin, great power and strong punches.


Jab - Quick punch that begins from the chin and hits the target directly is called Jab. It is the most effective strike in boxer's arsenal. The jab can hit, push, divert, make a gap, or even provide protection against deadliest punches of the opponent.     

Journeyman - Someone who has almost no hope of winning his fights typically said to be a journeyman. They have solid boxing skills and capability to take up the punishment but have some limitations, which make them suitable for the job of a journeyman.

Judges - An unbiased arbitrator who do scoring and decides the result of a fight. There are three judges chosen by an athletic commission in boxing. They count the points on the basis of connected punches, defence, knockdowns, and other scoring factors.

Junior Heavyweight - A weight division in boxing that has a weight limit of 200 pounds (14 stone 4 pounds / 90.7 kg). It is also known as a cruiserweight. Its range lies between light heavyweight and heavyweight.    


Kidney Punch - A powerful punch to the back part of the opponent's body usually in the proximity of kidney. It is a body punch that can cause severe internal injury and not permitted under the rules of boxing.

Kissed the Canvas - This term indicates that the fighter is knocked down by hitting face first in the ring. It is said that fighter's aim can't be completed without making opponent kisses the canvas.

Knockdown - When a fighter falls on the canvas due to a blow from the opponent. The boxer is considered knockdown when his one part of the body other than his feet is on the ground.

Knockout - Refers to the end of a fight. When a boxer falls on the ground due to the opponent's attack and fails to get back on his feet within the count given by the referee, this state is called a knockout.   


Lacing - Lacing is are the shoestrings usually fixed within the wrists of the gloves that are rubbed onto opponent's eye to damage them severely. This act is done with clear intention to hurt an opponent so that he can't resume the fight. Rubbing the lacing of the gloves across the opponents' eyes. Rubbing your gloves onto your opponents eye to make it even more damaged.

Lead Right - An alternative hit used in place of a lead jab. Lead Right hit is difficult to execute, as it has to cover the distance from a fighter's body to the landing position. Mayweather is possibly unmatched when it comes to landing a lead right hand.

Light Flyweight - The weight range at light flyweight class in professional boxing is 108 pounds (49 kilograms). On March 13, 1993, the first light flyweight, fight happen, where Michael Carbajal, the IBF champion won against Humberto González WBC champion.

Light Heavyweight - Under the light-heavyweight division, fighters must weigh between168 pounds (76 kg) to 175 pounds (79 kg). This division comes in between super middleweight and cruiserweight. George Gardner was the most thrilling fighter, known as the first undisputed Light - Heavyweight Champion of the World. Some other legendary names in this class are Bernard Hopkins, Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, and Zsolt Erdei. Now Dmitry Bivol, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Artur Beterbiev, and Eleider Álvarez hold the title WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO accordingly.

Lightweight - Under the lightweight boxing weight class, there is the "light-lightweight class - that have boxers weighing between 130 and 135 pounds. Lightweight boxing champions by the organization, as recognized by four of the better-known sanctioning organizations: The World Boxing Association (WBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), The International Boxing Federation (IBF) and The World Boxing Organization (WBO). Some of the top boxers in the lightweight division are Roberto Duran, Benny Leonard, Joe Gans, Pernell Whitaker, and Ike Williams.

Lineal Champion - Someone who is considered the best in his weight division. They are well-trained, skilled, and professional boxers, for example, Mayweather is a Lineal Champion as he considers best in the welterweight class.

Liver Punch - Powerful hit to the right side of the ribcage that damages the liver badly is termed as the liver punch or a liver shot. With the right punch, the liver structure can be impaired. It is considered as a dreadful shot that can incapacitate an opponent.

Low Blow - An illegal punch in boxing that hit below the waist of an opponent. When low blow takes place, the opponent gets extra 5 minutes to prepare himself for resuming fight again. A boxer using this shot could be warned, face point’s deduction or even disqualification based on the severity of the blow.


Main Event - The most familiar or main fight event on a card. It is generally a title-match event that focuses mostly on prestigious matches on the list and has great promotion strategies behind.

Majority Decision / Majority Draw - When match results announce to be a draw based on the majority. When two of the three judges agree to announce one winner, but the third judge disagrees and indicates it as a draw that means that no fighter won the match. This is a result of a fight that comes on the basis of the Judge's majority. When two of three judges decide on a draw, while a third judge gives a clear victory to one fighter, in such case fight will end with a conclusion of the draw as the majority of the judges scored a draw.

Manager - A manager is a mentor, guide, or advisor for a fighter. He is a person who manages or deals the Championships/tournaments of the boxer. He works as a bargaining agent and takes care of the boxer’s career.

Mandatory Defense - Mandatory defence is carried out when a winner defends his title against a competitor that is dictated by the authorizing body in professional boxing. Winner must face this mandatory challenger assigned by the sanctioning body to defend his title.

Mandatory Eight Count - Counting up to eight seconds given by a referee to a fallen fighter following a knocked down. It is helpful to know whether the fighter is able to continue the fight or not. This is a mandatory procedure to be followed for all bouts.

Mauler - This term describes a boxer who beat the opponent harshly. Most often, these boxers like to fight wildly inside the ring and win the bout in any condition. Mauler tries to use roughhouse tactics to reverse the efficacy of an opponent.

Memorial Ten Count  - A ringing of the bell ten times before the start of the boxing match refers to Memorial ten count. It is also known as a ten bell salute in honour of a fallen fighter. During the memorial ten counts, there is always a moment of silence.

Middleweight - The weight of a middleweight class boxer must lies between 154 lb (70 kg) to 160 lb (73 kg). It is a second weight class in boxing which is considered as the ideal blend of power, pace, and skills. Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, Marvin Hagler, and Freddie Steele are some of the legendary middleweight boxers.

Minimumweight / Mini Flyweight - Minimum weight also known as mini flyweight is a weight division that needs boxer weight less than 105 pounds, which is equal to 48 kg. Some of the renowned minimumweight boxing champions are Kyung-Yun Lee - IBF, Hiroki Ioka - WBC, Leo Gamez - WBA, and Rafael Torres - WBO.

Mouse - A small injury or a bump on boxer’s face. This usually goes away in a few days. It is typically a swelling on forehead caused by minor bleeding or blood clot.


Neutral Corner - Two corners of the ring, which can't be used by the fighters between rounds is referred to be Neutral Corner. These are the two diagonally opposite corners where a boxer is instructed to rest after knocking down his opponent, while the referee started his 10-count.

No Decision - This term describes the fight that ends without any result. A fight that doesn't end with either a winner or loser is a condition of No decision. This bout is usually not counted as part of the certified fight record.


On the Ropes - A risky condition for a fighter where their backs are leaning against the ropes in a ring and have no space to get away from their opponent. This is a susceptible position for a knockdown to take place. In this condition, boxers nearly collapse to get defeated. It shows the condition of a losing boxer who is drop down by his opponent against the ropes that mark the boxing ring's sides.

Orthodox - It refers to a boxer position, fighting with a right hand that means his left foot remains in front, and he punches with his left hand. In orthodox stance, boxer uses the powerful and dominant right hand to attack the opponent.

Outside Fighter - Also known as out-boxer or out-fighters are those who choose to fight from the outside, usually from long-range. They maintain a gap from the opponent and fight with faster and long-range blows. Outside fighter remains extremely quick on their feet.

Overhand - It is a curved and vertical punch hit with the rear hand also known as overcut or drop. It is typically used when the opponent is moving up and down or slipping. The strategic value of this punch relies on body weight that can carry out a great deal of power.


Palooka - This is a conventional boxing term use to describe Inexperienced or unskilled boxer. Palooka is considered as a second-rate fighter who is not having enough capability to win a fight. They can be easily defeated due to the lack of competency.

Parry - Technique for blocking the opponent's punches by setting up a better counter move. Boxers deflect opponent's power elsewhere by parrying move and make him off balanced and susceptible. Parry will be more effective with the opponent over commitment into his punches.

Paw - When boxers do not completely commit to a punch and throw it with no actual aim to land, but more like checking the waters, referred to as “pawing.”

Peek a Boo - It is a technique to protect the head and body from redundant punishment. Boxers need to hold their hand high in front of their faces that provide protection from punches while still permitting them to peek out at their opponents.

Play Possum - Refers to an act of showing hurt and tired in an attempt to get a challenger to come at you. This attempt is used to tempt the opponent in a careless manner and take advantage of it.

Plodder - A slow-footed boxer without agility is referred to as Plodder. They walk doggedly and slowly with the intense steps, often look nervous, but their move remains steady without showing much enthusiasm to an opponent.

Point Deduction - It refers to the deduction of points due to a committed foul. The boxing rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and the boxer who doesn't follow the rules can either result in disqualification or point deduction by the referee.

Pound for Pound - This term is used in boxing to grade fighters based on their excellence, regardless of their weight. Pound for Pound depict the overall skills and capabilities of a fighter and pick the best among others no matter what weight class the fighter belongs to.

Pound for Pound Title - Ranking for finding the superior fighters relative to their size and weight class is referred to as Pound for Pound tile. The comparison is done on different criteria including skills, quality of opposition and knockout wins to find out who the better fighter is.

Power Punches - Any blow which is not a job and usually hit using the main hand, while the opponent direct with the reverse hand. Power Punches includes a hook, cross, or uppercut. This term refers in punch info as the CompuBox.

Prizefighter - It refers to boxers who fight to win money. A prizefighter enters in the ring for a living. All boxers usually fight for monetary incentives regardless of how they may be overestimated as the World champion. They always show extreme willingness for fighting even under unwanted conditions. These fighters show extreme ability with their punches and skill to win the fight in the prevailing state. Their humility or warrior spirits never let you down at any event.

Promoter - Any company or a person who is responsible for promoting a fighting event everywhere in the world. Promoter's responsibilities include sorting and managing a complete fight card, selling tickets for the event, promoting events on different media etc.

Pull - This is a defensive technique where a boxer bends away from or pulls back to escape from being hit. The pull defence is extremely effective boxing technique that covered a variety of punches.

Pull Ones Punches - Pull one's punches refers pulling back during a boxing punch just earlier than the complete force of a punch is felt. It also refers to deliver strikes that are deliberately ineffective, as boxers do not use their full strength.

Pull Your Punches - This term describes a state when fighters do not hit the opponent as hard as they can. Pull Your Punches simply means holding back from doing what you really think is appropriate in that situation.

Punch - The attacking move to score points is called Punch. It is an action when a fighter or a boxer throws his front hand by turning the muscles and forwarding his arm towards opponent’s jaw. The main punches include the jab, hook, uppercut, and cross.

Punch Drunk - This term describes the condition of a boxer when he faces continuous hit by an opponent that makes his disorientation look exactly like being drunk. It is due to the repeated blows to the head that causes unsteadiness, hand vibration, slow muscular movement, and exhausted.

Punch Out - It is a slang used for a fighter who show off and taunts his opponent but unable to embrace his own in the real boxing competition. A fighter should always keep their guard up while breaking the punches out.

Puncher’s Chance - Someone who might consider outclassed but still have the capability to knock out an opponent with one powerful punch is referred to as Puncher's Chance. These fighters always have a chance to beat an opponent based on their power.

Purse - Charges paid to the fighter for a fight referred to as Purse. It is also called as per-fight-salaries that depict the money given or paid to the fighters by the organizer or tournament/competition promoter.


Queensberry Rules - Marquess of Queensberry rules are the set of rules and regulation introduced publically to get follow in modern boxing. These rules are related to what should be allowed and disallowed in the boxing matches. The rules are regarding about standing in the ring, misconducts, time duration, boxing gloves sizes, and restrictions. John Graham Chambers a Welsh sportsman originally wrote them; however, they are named on the 9th Marquess of Queensberry who endorsed the code in public.

Queer Street - It refers to the condition of a boxer, who is stunned after getting smacks on the head but does not collapse and still on his feet to keep fighting. Wobbly legs and a glazed look are something the fighters feel during Queer Street moment.


Rabbit Punch - Strike to the rear of the neck is called Rabbit punch. It is an illegal punch in boxing which has the capacity to kill an opponent. Boxers who blow this punch get a penalty on the basis of punch's intent and the resulting injury.

Rabbit Punched - Rabbit punch refers to the back of the head or to the base of the skull hit that can cause severe injury to the cervical vertebrae and later the spinal cord. It is one of the most harmful blows in professional boxing.

Ring Generalship - This term is used when a boxer dictates the fight completely that means he is imposing above than opponent's action. A boxer demonstrates clean punches, good techniques, and moves ahead in a controlled manner be referred to as Ring Generalship.

Ringside - The place just outside a ring that offers a close view of the contest refers to Ringside. It will be right next to the boxing ring or place in the front row that means the seating immediately nearby the boxing ring. Everything you require to make an impressive entry to the ring can locate at Ringside! VIP audience and official scorekeepers or judges to score a bout are usually sit ringside at events.

Roll with the Punches - This term describes boxer's ability to take up the impact of the opponent's punch comfortably. Rolling with the punches is one of the defensive options in boxing. It shows the strength of boxer to cope with and endure difficulties by showing flexible moves. It is a way to reduce the incoming punches impact of the opponent. In boxing, the defence is equally important as the attack. When a boxer develops a skill to defend themselves from being hit hard, they can win the fight easily.

Rope a Dope - It is a tactic used by a boxer to look weak for convincing the opponent to attack and get into a trap. Boxers maintain a suspicious posture on the ropes in an effort to outlast or exhaust the opponent.

Ropes - An enclosure of boxing rings. There are usually four ropes enclosed tied around the four edges of the boxing square which are connected to five-foot poles with a turnbuckle in each corner.

Roughhousing - This term describes violent or rough lively play by the fighter. It is a way of treating opponent in a boisterously rough manner. When a challenger uses illegal offensive tactics that is extremely physical and aggressive is considered as “roughhouse tactic.”

Rounds - It refers to the time duration in a boxing match to compete against each other. Most often, rounds are a clock for three minutes long with a one-minute halt in between. The number of rounds frequently varies as per the matches.

Rubber Match - It is known as the final and deciding match between the two opponents who already won a bout against each other. Rubber Match is usually the third bout in a series that gives a final result of the match.


Sanctioning Body - Group of the members that gives authorization for a boxing match to take place is considered as Sanctioning Body. This authority approves fights and decides the rules and regulation for any bout fought under. This group usually organizes world title bouts.

Saved by the Bell - This term describes a situation when the bell rings unexpectedly indicating the end of a round and saving the boxer from being counted off by the referee. When the bell rings before the referee's count, the round will be over, but the match is still on and the fighter gets a chance to go back to his corner and recover for the subsequent round.

Scar Tissue - Scar tissue usually arises above and under the eyes of a fighter due to the previous cuts on a similar spot. When these cuts did not heal properly, the scar tissue grows and frequently swells the skin. It becomes difficult for a fighter to face cuts in the future.

Second - In boxing, a coach or trainer who assists a boxer during a fight refers to a second or the cornerman. They are prohibited to train and must remain outside the fighting area during the round. During the break, they are allowed to go into the ring and assist to their fighter.

Seconds Out - A referee usually uses this term to clear the corner men (known as seconds) from the ring so the fight can proceed further. Seconds Out is an instruction for a corner man to leave the ring and alert for a boxer to be ready for a fight.

ShiftingThe step of walking into another position as a punch is being thrown. Simply means the act of walking with a punch sooner than sliding with it. In this technique, boxers change their lead foot and shift weight to add more power in delivering a punch.

Shoe Shine - This term is used when a fighter does a combination, involving a series of uppercut or body rips repetitively. It highlights purely a speed. Shoeshine combinations are often hit with inappropriate punching technique, however, prompt speed sometimes workout effectively.

Shopworn - It refers to a boxer who is slowly getting out of form after a long career. This fighter has taken enough punishment and suffered major pain since long, but now slowing down as per the performance in his whole career.

Shoulder Roll - It refers to a defensive move where fighters repel a punch by rolling their shoulders away from it. The shoulder roll move is quite efficient in counteracting whole combinations without much effort. This move is purely based on the timing.

Slip - It is a technique of moving head either side to avoid the strike of the opponent. Moving the head either side slip the punches of the boxer. It is similar like bobbing and considered as a defensive strategy like blocking, holding and clinching.

Southpaw - Left-handed boxer stance is referred to as Southpaw. In this position, the fighter has his right hand and right foot onward, leading with right punches, and next with a left cross right hook.

Southpaws - A left-handed boxer who put his right hand and right foot ahead, leading with right punches, subsequent with a left cross right hook referred to as Southpaws. They are usually avoided against right-handed boxers due to their abnormal stance.

Spar - This term is used for light boxing sessions. It is basically used for training where the boxer punches with much lesser pressure than the actual fight. These light blow exchanges are done with padded gloves and headgear in the gym for practice and training.

Spit Bucket - Refers to the container used by the corner for carrying their supplies like ice. It is mainly used between rounds for the boxer in order to spit surplus water so that the fighter doesn’t ingest too much throughout the bout period.

Split Decision - This term refers to a winning decisive factor in which two of the three judges are in favour of one fighter, while the third judge does not support it. A split decision formally witnessed as a win in a fight record of a boxer.

Split Decision Draw - Winning the round is more often based on counting "scoring punches", however, when one of the judges keep counting the bout for one boxer, the next judge keep the count for the other and the third judge keeps count it as a draw then its known as Split Decision Draw.

Stablemate - This term is used for fighters who are trained at the same gym and under the guidance of the same promoter. However, it doesn't mean they both use same skills, technique, and power to fight against the opponent.

Standing Eight Count - Standing Eight Count also called as a protection count is a term used when the referee stops a fight and gives a boxer eight counts who looks badly injured but still not knocked down. The referee usually judges the condition of boxer whether he is capable to continue the fight or not.

Stick and Move - It is a technique when a boxer moves around the ring and fight only at the extended range. The boxers make use of jabs or long-range punches and then promptly steps back to escape from an opponent's attack. It needs quick and illusory footwork. In Stick and Move technique, fighter blow one or two punches at a time then instantly move from the position to avoid return attack from the opponent.

Stylist - This term is given to a boxer who uses different techniques and skill to tackle an opponent rather than just focusing on physical power during a match. Stylist boxer can heave hooks, jabs, uppercuts and heave them in combinations.

Sucker Punch - It refers to a punch delivered deliberately without giving warning or time to an opponent for preparation. Sucker punch is considered unfair and unethical in professional boxing. The fighter can be thrown out of the boxing league for using it after the end of the round.

Super Bantamweight - In a professional boxing event, the weight range between 118 pounds (54 kg) to 122 pounds (55 kg) is categorized as Super bantamweight class. Some of the prominent fighters at this category include Wayne McCullough, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Scott Quigg, and Israel Vázquez.

Super Featherweight - Super featherweight also called as a junior lightweight in professional boxing. This weight class boxer must have a weigh between 126 pounds (57 kg) and 130 pounds (59 kg). Some of the renowned fighters in this category are Johnny Dundee, Mike Ballerino, Tod Morgan and Harold Gomes.

Super Flyweight - It is also known as junior bantamweight or light bantamweight in professional boxing. Super flyweight fighters weigh between 112 pounds (51 kg) to 115 pounds (52 kg). Johnny Tapia, Khaosai Galaxy, Gilberto Roman, Jiro Watanabe, and Masamori Tokuyama has some terrific fighters in this weight division.

Super Lightweight - It is a weight division among 17 weight classes categorized in professional boxing. The super lightweight boxer must not have to weigh more than 140 pounds (63.5 kg). This division boxer is likely having great boxing skills, including speed and power.

Super Middleweight - Professional boxing is divided into classes according to the weight of boxer and super middleweight class lies between the middleweight and light heavyweight. In this class, boxers must weigh over 160 pounds (73 kg) and equal to 168 pounds (76 kg).

Super Welterweight - Professional fights are organized on the basis of fighter's weight class, Super welterweight falls in the range of 147 pounds (66.7 kg) to 154 pounds (69.9 kg). For all world and national title contest, weight limits are strictly observed. Tony Harrison, Jarrett Hurd, Brian Carlos Castano, and Jaime Munguia are world's known super welterweight boxers.

Sweet Science - British sportswriter Pierce Ega introduces this term in boxing in 1813. Boxing signifies symbols for life, packed with fight loss and won. The Sweet Science refers to the expression that expresses the movement, command, and elegance of the boxing.


Take a Dive - When boxers purposely losing a competition in order to get a special gain. The boxer was paid funds to take a dive at the competition. It is illegal and against the contract of boxing that can lead to suspension from whole competition or tournament.

Technical Decision - When the fight cannot continue for any reason other than a Knocked out or Disqualification, but the necessary number of rounds have been fought for the match to be determined upon the scorecard of judges is referred to as Technical decision.

Technical Draw - A technical draw is a result of a match, which take place due to the inability of fighter to carry on from an accidental injury or foul and fight needs to stop early even the scores are level.

Technical Knockout - The end of a boxing match when a fighter is not able to continue the fight due to injuries such as cuts to the face, or exhaustion refers to Technical Knockout. Anytime a match is stopped without the referee, counting to ten due to actions that take place legally, it is a technical knockout. If a fighter does not succeed to answer a bell for the subsequent round then this will also consider as TKO.

Third Man in the Ring - A referee who stands inside the boxing ring and takes decisions about the game is called Third Man in the ring. Their job is to ensure that the rules are practical and obeyed by the boxers inside the ring.

Throw in the Towel - A metaphor to admit defeat. It is usually a way to surrender in front of the opponent. When a fighter is suffering a continuous hit and his corner would like to discontinue the fight they usually throw in the towel to point out their surrendering. In this way, the fighter accepts his defeat and don't want to continue the fight. It is an indication of stopping the fight instantly.

Toe to Toe - When two fighters stand strongly in front of each other in order to fight, argue, or exchange punches directly, it is considered as Toe to Toe. Many fighters in the ring are always willing to go toe-to-toe with any opponent.

Tomato Can - Fighters who are terribly outmatched by their opponents is referred to Tomato Can. They are beaten quite easily due to the poor fighting skills and technique that makes them an easy target for the opponent to defeat.

Trial Horse - A fighter who has decent but not excellent skills to win boxing matches is referred to as Trial Horse. They want to maximize in class after more than 10 fights. These boxers generally fight in 8 or 10 rounders.


Unanimous Decision - When all the three judges agree on a clear winner. They score the fight with the same boxer winning the competition. A boxer main aim is to have a clean and recognized win, therefore, winning by unanimous decision.

Undercard - The series of fights listed before the main event. It is the list of fewer significant bouts on the identical bill as a core-boxing match. Many fighters trained themselves on the undercard of the most predictable boxing match.

Uppercut - A swinging attack directed upward, as to the opponent's chin is called Uppercut. It is the most devastating straight up punch, hit with the leading hand. It causes more damage when strikes at close range to the chin or to the solar plexus. The punch generally begins from the attacker's belly, making an upward motion that reminds you of a plagiarize hook in shape, before hitting on the face or body of the opponent.

Upstart - An upcoming fighter with great potential. It often admired as an excellent amateur beginning his pro career. Debutant player having good skill and technique is known as an upstart boxer who later shook the world with his achievements.


Walkout Bout - Walkout Bout is a fight scheduled after the end of the main event. It is a low caliber fight, usually have a four-round bout played at the finish of the event, and after people leave the stadium.

Warning - This term describes an alert given by the referee to the boxer in case of fouls. Three cautions are issued before given a warning. Once the referee specified a warning then the ringside judges will make a decision about giving points. The warned opponent might lose that bout or disqualify from the fight.

Weigh in - Measuring the weight of boxers is called weigh in. It usually performs the day before the fight. The boxers need to stand on the scales barefoot and without any accessories, which helps in finding out the actual weight class to perform.

Weight Classes - This term refers to the weight range divisions defined for the boxers to ensure fair fights. Dividing up into weight classes decreases the number of lopsided wins and the capability of boxers to pick on minor opponents.

Welterweight - Refers to a weight class in which fighters must weigh between 140 and 147 pounds. This body weight lies between lightweight and middleweight. Mayweather ended his astonishing career as the lineal welterweight champion who remains undefeated until his retirement.

White Collar Boxing - Refers to boxing in which boxers in white-collar professions instruct to fight at unique events. They have no earlier boxing ring experience, just learning skill and techniques for participating in a specially organized event. 

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