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Every week we ask you a different question. Hear what people in London say, then join the conversation!

How do you feel about boxing?

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The Express English team

Some people think boxing is a noble sport, and boxers have admirable discipline.

Others feel it's disgusting and barbaric to hit someone, or to take pleasure in watching people beat each other up.

Did you know?


Muhammad Ali is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and many boxing historians consider him to be the best heavyweight champion ever.

Language tip

The idiom 'on the ropes' means on the verge of defeat. It refers to a boxer who has been knocked against the ropes that enclose the boxing ring and that is kept there by blows from his opponent.

Cultural tip

In boxing there is an imaginary line from the belly button to the top of the hips where a boxer is not supposed to hit. To hit below the belt is considered a behaviour that breaches the rules or decency.

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