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Boxing Betting Glossary


Headgear: Protective head covering used by amateur boxers that became mandatory for Olympic competition in 1984.

Hook: A short power punch in which the boxer swings from the shoulder with his elbow bent, bringing his fist from the side toward the centre.

In-fighting: Boxing at close range

Jab: A quick, straight punch thrown with the lead hand. It can be used as a set-up for power punches, as a way to gauge distance, to keep an opponent wary, or as a defensive move to slow an advancing opponent.

Judge: One of five officials who sit at ringside to score a bout.

Mouthpiece: A piece of plastic used to protect a fighter's teeth and prevent him from biting his tongue.

Neutral Corner: One of two corners that are not assigned to either boxer.

Referee: The official who ensures the bout is clean and fair, and to make sure the boxers are physically able to box after taking a punch. The referee can end the bout if one boxer is hurt or over-matched.

Ringside Physician: The doctor who checks the condition of competitors before the bout and determines whether a hurt boxer can continue. The physician has the power to stop a bout at any time.

RSC (Referee Stops Contest): An official result that follows when a boxer is outclassed, has been hurt, or reached the standing-eight count limit. In the official results the winner's name is given followed by RSC and the round the bout was ended in, ie. Jim Smith, RSC (4).

RSCH (Referee Stops Contest Head): A variation on RSC, which is the result when a referee ends a bout because a boxer has taken too many head blows.

Scoring blow: A punch that lands cleanly on the opponent's head or torso and is struck with the knuckles, signified by the white stripe on the glove. If three judges agree within a one-second window that the blow was clean, the boxer gets a point.

Second: A person aside from the coach who gives a boxer assistance or advice between rounds.

Standing-eight Count: When a boxer is in trouble, or has been knocked down the referee stops the action and counts to eight. During this time the referee determines if the boxer can continue. If a boxer takes three standing-eights in a round or four in a bout, the contest is stopped and the opponent is declared the winner.

Uppercut: A powerful, upward punch that comes up underneath an opponent's guard.

Warning: Given by the referee to the boxer who commits a serious foul, or receives three cautions. When the referee signals a warning the ringside judges can decide whether to give a point to the opponent. Three warnings in a bout means disqualification.

Weaving: A way of eluding punches by turning and twisting movements

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