- 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