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What's the origin of the word "boxing?" Is it named "boxing" because the ring they fight in looks like a box?


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This is a good question with a rather long answer! The word "boxing" originates from the ancient Latin word, "pugil," meaning "boxer". This is related to the word "pugnus," which means "fist." Thus, this is why we call it boxing today! Ex: I recently took up boxing as a hobby. Ex: I have been boxing since my teenage years.

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