Having trouble grasping the different terms the announcers and bookmakers use when you’re betting on a boxing match? Here are important fighting terms you need to know if you want to bet on boxing.
1. Beat the Count
In boxing, the phrase pertains to a situation where a boxer knocks down their opponent. The other fighter needs to get up before the referee finishes counting to ten, hence beat the count. The other boxer wins when their opponent cannot beat the count. They’ll also become the winner even if their opponent gets up, but the referee declares them unfit to fight.
A bleeder is a boxer who easily bleeds in every match they contend in. The word is also used to characterize a fighter who cuts easily.
3. Bob and Weave
The bob and weave is a defense technique used in boxing to avoid an opponent’s punches. The method is characterized by sideways and rolling movement. When the opponent punches, the fighter swiftly bends their legs while shifting their body to the left or right. Most boxers typically weave to the left, as most opponents use an orthodox stance.
Bobbing is one of the most fundamental defense strategies in boxing. It differs from bobbing and weaving as it only requires the boxer to sway their heads from side to side. It’s best used to avoid jabs, straight punches, and swings, but not with hooks.
A boxer is called a brawler when they use an offensive style of boxing. They are typically aggressive in the ring, have predictable punches, and lack speed and finesse. They even out these disadvantages with their endurance and by throwing powerful punches, most especially with uppercuts. A brawler is also known as a slugger.
6. Close-range Fighting
In boxing, close-range fighting is a fighting style where two boxers are within the closest range of one another. Both fighters don’t have the room to stretch their arms and do power shots in this situation. Most boxers take the opportunity to land quick jabs and punches on their opponents, especially on their sides.
7. Covering Up
Covering up, or sometimes called cover-up, is a defensive stance where a boxer protects themselves from their opponent’s punches. A fighter raises their arms and fists to hide and protect their face and head. Boxers also put their arms near their body and swing from side to side to shield their torso from attacks.
8. Decision (Verdict)
In boxing, a decision or verdict is the outcome of a match that did not end with a knockout. It can also happen when there was a foul or any injury sustained by either fighter. Judges are consulted through their scorecards to decide who’s the winner. The ringside judges can either give a win or a draw to the bout.
9. Majority Decision
The majority decision is a winning indicator in boxing where two out of three judges agree upon a winning fighter. The third judge should declare that no boxer won or simply a draw to have a majority decision. The term is often confused with a split decision, but the two have different meanings.
10. Mandatory Eight-count
The mandatory eight-count is a general rule in boxing where the referee gives a fighter eight seconds to get up. The referee needs to finish the count even if the boxer already stood up. It is part of the Unified Rules of Boxing sanctioned by the Association of Boxing Commissions. The term is different from the standing eight-count. A standing eight-count is invoked by the referee when they see a boxer is struggling to continue with the bout.
11. Out for the Count
Out for the count is a phrase used in the boxing community to define a boxer that cannot stand up. It’s either they’re too exhausted, or they have been knocked out. A fighter is called out for the count after the referee finishes the ten-second count.
P4P is used to describe a boxer who excels in boxing. A fighter can be dubbed as pound-for-pound regardless of their weight category. The phrase is directly associated with Sugar Ray Robinson due to his exceptional skills on the ring despite his weight.
The range of a boxer is one of the fundamental elements in boxing. It is the fighter’s radius where they can throw punches at their opponent. Boxers divided the range into three classifications: long (outside), mid, and short (inside).
A boxer’s reach is measured from fingertip to fingertip, and it’s an essential factor in winning a match. Fighters determine it by putting their arms out equidistant to the ground, which usually corresponds to their height. Anything beyond the boxer’s reach is inaccessible.
15. Roll With The Punches
Roll with the punches describes a scenario when a boxer moves their body away from their opponent’s blows. The move reduces the impact dealt with by the opponent. It can also be the boxer’s sudden movement with the same direction of the punch, so it doesn’t land perfectly.
16. Sucker Punch
A sucker punch is described as a blow thrown by a boxer to an unsuspecting opponent. It usually happens after the stopwatch rings the bell.
17. Technical Decision
A technical decision is made when the referee must stop the match. Referees can terminate the bout due to a headbutt, a severe cut, or any situations deemed plausible by the referee. The winner is determined using the tallied scorecards of the judges.
18. Technical Knockout
A technical knockout is when a referee ends the game because a fighter cannot safely finish the match. The term, commonly TKO, can also be declared when a boxer is knocked down thrice in the bout.
19. Ten-point Must System
The ten-point system is the pointing method used in boxing when a disqualification or knockout did not occur. It was first introduced by the World Boxing Council (WBC) in 1968. The judges will give the winner of each round a ten, while nine for the loser. If they deemed the round a draw, they would provide both fighters with a ten.
20. Unanimous Decision
A unanimous decision is met when all judges agree on the same winner. For some instances, a unanimous decision does not need all the judges. A fighter can unanimously win when they get the higher scores from the judges’ scorecards.
Now that you’re familiar with the terms, you’re all set to watch and place your bets on your favorite boxer. Don’t forget to take it slow and steady, or else you’re the one getting sucker punched.