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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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