Definitions

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  • n. Professional boxing, in which two fighters compete for a prize.

Etymologies

See prizefight. Originally Prize Playing, with play referring to sparring – a practice fight – rather than to a life-or-death fight. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Low sports, such as prizefighting or Spanish bull-fights, are a sign of barbarity.

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  • Ontario had previously barred professional MMA as "prizefighting," with some officials taking the view that it was inherently dangerous.

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  • In the 1970s, Nevada allowed some counties to license brothels, in keeping with its tradition of embracing things, such as prizefighting and gambling, that others branded as sins.

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  • At first catering to a “sporting” male subculture in the 1870s—with venues for horse racing, prizefighting, and prostitution—by the end of the nineteenth century, newly liberated working-class women made Coney Island their own.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Leonard retired from prizefighting in 1982 and again in 1984 but was enticed to return in April 1987 to face the up-and-coming Marvelous Marvin Hagler, whom he defeated to capture the WBC middleweight title in what was considered one of the greatest professional boxing matches of all time.

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  • Pleasingly for literalists, on that day prizefighting made the most momentous contribution of all to the history of Boxing Day sport.

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  • He also completely nails the insular culture of prizefighting.

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  • Only horse racing and cricket stretch back as far and as gloriously as prizefighting.

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  • I didn't know prizefighting was like that, she faltered, as she released her hold on the lines and sank back again beside him.

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  • When he went out to smoke Mrs. Mortimer led Saxon into talking about herself and Billy, and betrayed not the slightest shock when she learned of his prizefighting and scab-slugging proclivities.

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