The Boxing Dictionary by Cow Pie Press

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The Boxing Dictionary is a compilation of words
and phrases that depict the raw emotions
and actions of the ‘Sweet Science.’ 


Because of his love and reverence for the sport of Boxing, the author has spent over 15 years amassing and defining words and phrases related to the “Sweet Science” and incorporating them into book form. The Boxing Dictionary is a book with nearly 2000 entries revealing a hidden, almost secretive, language known by only a few in the “hurting business,” a.k.a. the sport of Boxing. This book is just like any other dictionary you’ll find, but again, very specific to the game of Boxing. First in the making, it defines “the language of the ring” as never done before, word by word, phrase by phrase. It showcases a colorful and descriptive language replete with instruction, advice and praise but also includes an abundance of insults, sarcasm and criticism. Boxing is a sport that draws from us, from our primitive souls, the most interesting, creative, but also bizarre remarks than any other sport in existence today. After all, who among us can sit and watch a championship–or any bout–without reacting to it in some way?  This is the language the author has captured and revealed to you, the reader.

The Boxing Dictionary… the next best thing to being ringside.

Jonn E. JaGozza brings you a book
over 15 years in the making.


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Boxing is a culture dominated by certain behaviors, beliefs and a variety of both learned and instinctive skills. Yet, the most important variable to this sport is its language. Think of a fighter who can talk the talk, and back up what he’s saying with an impressive win over his opponent. After all, it starts before the two combatants step into the squared circle, where they trade barbs by ‘trash talking,’ or ‘talking smack’ about each other in an attempt to psych-out or throw their opponent off his game plan.


Cageydescribes a fighter who, during a fight, has the ability to quickly alter his style, making the necessary adjustments needed to defeat his opponent. “He’s known for his cagey style “ OR, “He’ known for his caginess” page 26

Dumpedused to describe a fighter who knocked down an opponent during a fight “He was dumped with a left hook” Also, used in describing an opponent getting hit with many blows. “He’s dumping on his guy in the middle of the ring” … page 59

Feeling out periodis when, at the beginning of the fight, the two fighters seem to be doing little, if any fighting, and are pawing at one another or just standing, facing one another. This usually lasts a round or two, yet sometimes even longer before they begin to relax and settle into the fight…  page 67

Flounderingdescribes a fighter who is staggering around the ring because of taking too many punches from his opponent. Also, I‘ve heard this word used to describe a fighter who is struggling in a fight against a much superior opponent .. page 72

Haymakeris a word used to describe a very serious, powerful punch. It usually refers to a hook that has much power, very capable of knocking out an opponent. It originated from the olden days when hay was cut by hand, with a scythe thus, the powerful side to side sweeping motion of the back, torso and arms similar to the movement associated with the hook.  “He was hit with a haymaker that ended the fight”…  Page 86

( A ) Heavy Punchmeans a punch that has a lot power, but lacks crispness. Speed creates crispness and speed equates to power; knock out power. A heavy punch has some power and is used mostly by sluggers; very tired sluggers. A heavy punch lands with a thud rather than a snap which describes crispness & stinging power, usually from the jab. … Page 87

Slicksteris a fighter who has excellent defensive skills, making him very difficult to hit … Page 171

Slobberknock – describes a fight where one fighter totally controlled his opponent by knocking him down repeatedly during a fight … page171

Windmill/ing– this describes a fighter who is throwing many punches. However, it also means a fighter who is throwing many punches that are wild, looping punches and have little or any power behind them and seldom hitting their intended target  …page 219

Workhorse – has two meanings 1 ) describes a fighter who has been fighting for a long time and considered by many, a good fighter, but not a great fighter and definitely  not a champion. A work horse is a fighter, usually past his prime who fights for pure enjoyment “He’s a workhorse, he’ll fight every night if you let him “ 2) describes a fighter who pushes himself, has a lot of heart and determination and is always striving to be the beast. Out of the ring, he’s a “gym rat” and again, always working and striving in perfecting his game “He’s a workhorse, never stopping” … page  221


Contrary to common belief, all this hype has much to do with the final result that ultimately ends in victory or defeat. Fighting words come from confidence a fighter has gained by being in the ring with countless opponents. Fight talk is an intricate part of the fighting action of the “ hurting business” a.k.a. the sport of boxing; a sport where the object is to win at almost any cost. The “fighting language” adds dimension, color and feeling to an already tantalizing sport.

The Boxing dictionary lets the reader discover a
fascinating language that will make you feel
like you’re in there with the fighters themselves.

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