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(pyo͞o`jəlĭz'əm): see boxingboxing,
sport of fighting with fists, also called pugilism and prizefighting. Early History

Depicted on the walls of tombs at Beni Hasan in Egypt, dating from about 2000 to 1500 B.C., boxing is one of the oldest forms of competition.
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Balboa, Rocky
lower-class Philadelphia boxer wins golden opportunity to fight in prize bout. [Am. Cinema: Rocky]
Byron, Cashel
prizefighter; gives up boxing for wealthy lady. [Br. Lit.: Cashel Byron’s Profession]
one of Aeneas’s companions; noted for his boxing skill. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
powerful Sicilian boxer; won match for Anchises against Dares. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
great boxer; killed at own game by challenger, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 97]
Golden Boy
violinist turns boxer for fame, wealth. [Am. Lit.: Golden Boy]
Great White Hope
1910 personification of white peoples’ aspirations for a white heavyweight champion. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
Palooka, Joe
comicdom’s great white hope. [Comics: Horn, 343–344]
Queensberry, Marquis of
(Sir John Douglas, 1844–1900) established basic rules of boxing. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2257]
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Kachari Bhagyabati, Lovlina Borgohain, Sarita Devi and Mary Kom are the other Indian pugilists who will be in action, later in the day.
Female boxers include flyweight Christine Ongare,welterweight Lorna Kusa and middleweight Elizabeth Andiego, all from Nairobi County.In the present squad, Gicharu is the most experienced pugilist and a medal prospect.
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However, the third round proved to be very decisive when the Indian landed a right, then a combination of right-left and a left jab, even as clenches from both pugilists getting out of control, seeking referee's intervention.
"John Pegg and I think that Pugilist Promotions can go a long way helping young boxers to achieve those dreams.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 31 (ANI): The domination of Services and Railways boxers was evident in the early session on the fourth day of the third Elite Men Boxing National Championships at the AIS rings in Pune as six each of their pugilists entered the medal rounds on Wednesday.
But China has always been a happy hunting ground for the star pugilist, who was adjudged the most valuable Indian performer at the Asian Games.
The 31-year-old pugilist met Dane at Stringfellows last Thursday where she was celebrating breaking the nose of her Bulgarian opponent Iliana Boneva just hours before.
Touted as a top-billed bout in the light welter category on right one, the highly-rated Dalvir rattled Rohit, who was left gasping for breath as the Services pugilist completed the task to make the quarterfinal grade.