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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 8, 2023

Boxing is a great topic for English learners with an intermediate level to discuss. It is a popular sport that is widely discussed in English-speaking countries, so it provides a great opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills. Participating in conversations about boxing will help learners become more familiar with the language used to discuss the sport, such as technical terms and slang. It will also help them become more confident in their ability to communicate in English.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Boxing

Boxing is a popular sport that has been around for centuries. It is a combat sport in which two opponents fight using their fists. The aim of the sport is to knock out the opponent or score more points than them. It is a very physical sport and requires a lot of skill and technique.

Boxers wear protective gloves and headgear to protect themselves from injury. They also have to be in good physical condition to compete. Boxing matches are usually divided into rounds, with each round lasting three minutes. At the end of each round, the judges decide who has won the round.

Boxing is a great way to stay fit and healthy. It also helps to improve coordination, balance and reflexes.

Vocabulary Related to Boxing

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • punch (noun)
  • glove (noun)
  • punch (verb)
  • spar (verb)
  • knock out (phrasal verb)
  • powerfully (adverb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you like boxing?
  • Would you like to try boxing if you had the chance?
  • What do you think are the most important skills for a successful boxer?
  • What strategies do you think boxers use to prepare for a fight?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for a successful boxing coach?
  • What do you think are the most important rules of boxing?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of boxing as a sport?
  • Should boxing be considered a legitimate sport?
  • What are the safety measures taken to protect boxers in the ring?
  • Should boxing be regulated more strictly to protect the health of boxers?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.