Holding

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  • One of the four basic strategies of defensive boxing--along with slipping and ducking, rolling, and blocking.
  • Executed by clutching the opposing boxer so that he cannot punch.
  • Sometimes called hugging
  • If boxers hold too much during a bout, they are said to be dancing.
  • An experienced boxer who has been put on Queer Street by his opponent will often hold and clinch to buy himself some time to recover.
  • See also, clinch