II. While Reading Activities
- paradox |ˈperəˌdäks| noun-a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true: in a paradox, he has discovered that stepping back from his job has increased the rewards he gleans from it.
- bout |bout| noun-a wrestling or boxing match.
- spectacle |ˈspektək(ə)l| noun-a visually striking performance or display: the acrobatic feats make a good spectacle | the show is pure spectacle.
- debut |dāˈbyo͞o| noun-• the first public appearance of a new product or presentation of a theatrical show: the car makes its world debut.
- exhibition |ˌeksəˈbiSH(ə)n| noun-[ usu. as modifier ] (in sports) a game whose outcome does not affect a team’s standing, typically one played before the start of a regular season: an exhibition game.
- forward-thinking |ˈfôrwərd-THiNGkiNG| adjective-favoring innovation and development; progressive.
- reverse |rəˈvərs| verb -Law revoke or annul (a judgment, sentence, or decree made by a lower court or authority): the court reversed his conviction.
- launch |lôn(t)SHlän(t)SH| verb-start or set in motion (an activity or enterprise): she was launching a campaign against ugly architecture.
- ensure |inˈSHo͝orenˈSHo͝or verb–make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case: [ with clause ] : the client must ensure that accurate records be kept.
novelty |ˈnävəltē| noun (pl. novelties) denoting something intended to be amusing as a result of its new or unusual quality: a novelty teapot.
To publicize the fight between Hardy and Vincent, the fighters and promoters accentuated the very thing Team U.S.A. was trying to suppress. The fighters stood toe-to-toe at a news conference…Each said she wanted very badly to punch the other fighter in the face. Vincent assured me there was passion behind this, that the women always steal the show with more action, more punching, more to prove. Breaking glass ceilings or in this case, fists and faces — seems especially significant in a year when Hillary Clinton is poised to be the next president.
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Boxing, if it was smart and forward-thinking, would recognize that it needs women (especially the Claressa Shieldses of the world) in order to compete with other combat sports that are dominating the market. It may be no accident that after a 1-minute-and-41-second technical knockout at the Barclays Center last month, the main line of questioning for the victor, the featherweight Amanda Serrano, was: Are you training in M.M.A.?