Explaining the Most Frequently Used Boxing Buzzwords

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Explaining the Most Frequently Used Boxing Buzzwords
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All sports have their own unique vocabulary, and boxing's is deeper than most. The high drama of the ring is accented by the colorful language from fans and commentators. The richness of the lexicon is probably a large part of what has attracted literary giants like Norman Mailer and Joyce Carol Oates to the sport.

To cover all the buzzwords a fan is likely to hear during a broadcast or while reading would require a small pamphlet. You could fill pages with phrases that are more or less unique to ESPN's Teddy Atlas. There are a number of good boxing glossaries on the web, with Ringside by Gus providing a particularly interesting one.

This slideshow will cover some of the phrases and terms I find most useful or interesting for the new fan who is trying to keep up.

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