Punch-out (boxing slang)

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This article is about the boxing term. For other uses, see Punch-Out (disambiguation).

A Punch-Out is a slang term in professional boxing referring to a boxer who boasts and taunts his opponent but can not hold his own in the ring in actual boxing competition. Informally defined, it could be best described as being able to "talk the talk" but not back it up in the ring. It may also refer to a training exercise, in which the boxer throughs repeating Jab and Straight punches or "One-two Combos" until told to stop. This may be repeated one to eight times depending on the trainer

The term is outstandingly used in a quote the film Rocky II by Burt Young playing the character Paulie, who instructs Rocky to "Blow this punch-out!" in response to Apollo Creed's taunting at a press conference.

The term was also used as the name for a popular arcade game titled Punch-Out!!, and then later a spinoff of the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System titled Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. The series continued using the name in more recent titles. Its last release was "Doc Louis's Punch out", in 2009 for the Nintendo Wii The name reflects the tongue in cheek, comical style of boxing seen in the respective games.[1]

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