What’s in the Word for boxing? 

The sport of boxing has its own dictionary that stood the test of time. Over the years, the words have evolved on their own and have taken on a new meaning. 

As a result, the sport became colorful as some vocabulary has been added to give boxing the spice and everything nice it needed. 

Here are some of the terms that became synonymous with “the sweet science”. 

  1. Catchweight: A compromise weight between two fighters who could not agree on which division to fight. Simply put, meeting at the halfway point. 
  1. Go the Distance: To go to the full length of bout, until the final bell. In other words, it will go to the scorecards. 
  1. Lineal Champion: The man who beat the man. It was arguably the most natural way of finding the champions’ reign in the history of the sport. 
  1. Main Event: The centerpiece fight of the card. It is the most anticipated bout where fans paid premium prices to watch. 
  1. Prizefighter: A one-word term for a professional boxer. As the name suggests, they fight for the money and the belt. 
  1. Saved by the bell: Happens when the boxer is on the brink of defeat after a heavy beating, but was rescued when time runs out after the round. 
  1. One-Two: A pair of quick punches in succession, a jab followed by a power punch (normally a cross or a hook). A must-learn combination for every boxer. 
  1. Canvas: Another word for the floor in a boxing ring, which is where a knocked-out fighter will fall. Is always covered with blood, sweat and spit in every fight. 
  1. Throwing in the Towel: Happens when the fighter’s own corner stops the fight to prevent further damage, knowing that injuries to the sport can even end their lives. 
  1. Championship rounds: The last two or three rounds of a 12-round championship fight. This is where the fighting gets the most intense, with title belts on the line. 
  1. Third man in the ring: another term for the boxing referee. 
  1.  Blood-and-guts: Depicts the violent nature of boxing, as both fighters gave what they got. 
  1. Slip: Moving your head to avoid getting hit, or when the referee does not count the knockdown. 
  1. Ringside: Also known as the best seats in the house in boxing. The front row to action. 
  1. Glass Jaw: A boxer who has a weak chin, making them vulnerable to a headhunting puncher.