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Boxing and wrestling

arm-wrestling

noun

a competition between two people to find out who is stronger, in which they sit opposite each other and place an elbow on a table between them. Each holds the other’s hand and tries to force their arm down onto the table to win.

bantamweight

noun

a boxer or wrestler who is fairly light

bare-knuckle

adjective

fighting or fought without boxing gloves

bout

noun

a boxing or wrestling match

box

verb

to fight in the sport of boxing

boxer

noun

someone who takes part in boxing matches, especially as their job

boxing

noun

a sport in which two boxers fight by hitting each other while wearing large leather boxing gloves on their hands. They fight in a square area with ropes around it, called a boxing ring.

corner

noun

in boxing or wrestling, one of the corners of the square ring where the fighting happens

count out

in boxing, to count up to ten, and then say that someone has lost a fight

cross

noun

in boxing, a way of hitting your opponent from the side as they try to hit you

fall

noun

an act of pushing your opponent to the ground in the sport of wrestling or judo

featherweight

noun

a boxer who weighs between 53.5 and 57 kilograms

fight

verb

to hit someone as part of a sport, especially boxing

fight

noun

an occasion when people fight as part of a sport, especially boxing

fighter

noun

someone who takes part in the sport of boxing or any other sport in which people fight physically

flyweight

noun

a boxer, wrestler, or weightlifter who is light in weight, usually not more than 112 pounds or 51 kilograms

glove

noun

a boxing glove

guard

noun

the way that boxers stand with their hands in front of their face, to protect themselves from an opponent

headlock

noun

a position in which someone holds their arm around another person’s neck so that they cannot move

heavyweight

noun

a boxer or wrestler in the heaviest weight group

heavyweight

noun

relating to this weight group

hook

noun

a hit that a boxer (=someone who fights as a sport) makes with their arm bent

jab

noun

in boxing, a short quick hit with a closed hand

kickboxing

noun

a sport in which two people kick as well as hit each other when they fight

knockdown

noun

a fall in a boxing match, after being hit

knockout

noun

a hit that knocks a boxer down, so that they cannot get up

knockout

noun

a boxing match that is won when one person cannot get up after being hit

KO

noun

a knockout in a fight

lead with

to begin an attack in boxing with a particular hand or hit

left

noun

a hit made with your left hand, especially in the sport of boxing

lightweight

noun

a boxer or wrestler who belongs to one of the lower weight divisions

lock

noun

a way of holding someone so that they cannot move when you are fighting

middleweight

noun

a boxer or wrestler who weighs less than a light heavyweight and more than a welterweight

one-two

noun

in the sport of boxing, the action of hitting an opponent first with one hand then quickly with the other

prizefighter

noun

a boxer 1

professional wrestling

noun

a type of entertainment in which people pretend to wrestle in a way that looks very violent

pugilist

noun

a boxer

punch-drunk

adjective

a boxer who is punch-drunk has been hit in the head so much that his brain is damaged

purse

noun

an amount of money that is offered as a prize in a sports competition, especially a boxing match or a horse race

the Queensberry Rules

noun

the official rules of the sport of boxing

right

noun

a hit made with your right hand

right-hander

noun

a hit made with the right hand

ring

noun

a raised square area surrounded by ropes where people take part in boxing or wrestling

the ring

noun

the sport of boxing or wrestling

ringside

noun

the area around the place where people perform in a circus or fight in a boxing or wrestling match

ringside

adjective

near to the place where an event is happening, especially a boxing or wrestling match

round

noun

one of a series of short periods of fighting in a boxing or wrestling match

shadow boxing

noun

training in which a boxer fights with an imaginary opponent

southpaw

noun

someone who uses their left hand, especially in boxing

spar

verb

to practise fighting with someone

sparring partner

noun

someone who helps a boxer to train for a fight by taking the part of an opponent

stranglehold

noun

an illegal hold in wrestling

sumo

noun

a Japanese sport in which two very large men wrestle (=fight by holding each other, and pulling or pushing). Someone who does this is called a sumo wrestler.

throw

noun

the action of throwing your opponent to the ground in a sport such as wrestling

uppercut

noun

a way of hitting someone very hard on the chin or in the stomach with your fist (=closed hand) by swinging your arm upwards

weigh in

to have your weight checked before you take part in a sport such as boxing or horse racing

weigh-in

noun

an occasion when someone who is taking part in a sport such as boxing or horse racing is officially weighed

welter

noun

a welterweight

welterweight

noun

a boxer who weighs between 135 and 147 pounds, which is between a lightweight and a middleweight

wrestle

verb

to fight by holding and pushing someone but without hitting with your fists, especially as a sport

wrestler

noun

someone who wrestles, especially as a sport

wrestling

noun

a sport in which two people fight by holding each other in special positions and throwing each other

the WWF

the World Wrestling Federation: a former name of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, a company that manages the sport of professional wrestling

KO

verb

pugilistic

adjective

sparring

noun

ride a punch/blow

to reduce the force of a hit by moving backwards slightly as you are hit

deliver/land a knockout blow/punch

to hit someone very hard, so that they fall down and cannot get up

the ropes

the thick ropes that enclose an area that is used for boxing or wrestling

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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