If you are new to boxing training or enjoy watching the sport, sometimes you'll hear phrases that might not make sense at first. Once you learn some key boxing terms or phrases, it will make watching fights and training much more fun. In this article, I will explain some of the most common terms that you will hear while watching a fight or working out in a boxing gym.
Common Boxing Match Terms
Tale of the Tape
Prior to a boxing match, an objective comparison is made of two opponents, which includes the fighter’s measurements and statistics - such as age, weight, height, reach, fight record, and where they are based.
Training Split or Split System Training
Split system training refers to the structure of a training program that is broken down by different areas of focus, body parts, body regions, or in boxing by technique. Here is an example of a boxer’s training split schedule:
Day 1 - Boxing: Mittwork and heavy bag drills
Day 2 - Strength: Kettlebell circuit
Day 3 - Boxing Technique: Footwork drills and mittwork
Day 4 - Strength: Functional circuit training
Day 5 - Roadwork: Uphill sprints and shadowboxing
Day 6 - Sparring: 10 rounds
Day 7 - Recovery Day: Deep tissue massage and assisted stretching
Fight Camp or Training Camp
In the weeks leading up to a fight, a fighter prepares to compete by going through a training camp, also referred to as a fight camp. A training camp can typically last 6-10 weeks, right up until the match. During that time, the fighter works closely with their coaches and team to train in the combat sport specific to their competition. Training includes practicing technique, building speed, endurance, power, and strength, cutting down to fight weight, and sparring sessions to get used to what it will feel like in the ring. Fighters will also study their opponent to formulate a game plan.
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Amateur Boxing Match
Amateur boxing fights are non-paid matches with fighters who are usually at the start of their boxing career. Fights in amateur boxing matches are based on points scored by a boxer. Wherein professional boxing, fighters are paid for the match, and boxers can earn more for knocking out an opponent.
Boxing matches are broken down by weight class divisions. Each weight class requires that fighters be within a certain weight range to make the fights equally balanced. Here are some of the many weight class divisions:
Light Heavyweight: 168-175lbs
For more details on the various male and female boxing weight divisions check out our article on Boxing Weight Classes Explained.
A smoker fight is a non-sanctioned fight or exhibition match which usually takes place in the ring of a training gym. Smoker fights do not count on a fighter’s record and are mostly done to prepare for a title fight or gain experience in the ring.
A sanctioned fight is a bout that has been approved and overseen by the state athletic commission and counts towards a fighter’s record.
Saved by the Bell
Did you know the popular phrase 'saved by the bell' actually comes from boxing? In a boxing fight, if a boxer is knocked down, they have till the count of ten by the referee to stand to their feet, or if they're lucky enough, the bell will ring before the boxer is counted out and save them to be able to go on to the next round.
Take some time to listen for these terms while watching a fight. Anything to help you understand the sport better will make your training more fun. Plus, you may even find yourself incorporating them into your vocabulary and talking like a boxer!
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