The prize ring

the ring in which prize fighters contend; prize fighters, collectively.

See also: Ring

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
They are to them what the racetrack and the prize ring, the theater and the movies are to us.
On October 11, 1881, he fought Jimmy Highland in one of the most harrowing battles the prize ring has seen.
It appears, of late, as if all the indignation which might justifiably be directed towards the sins of different departments of modern life, theological, political, social, &c., were withdrawn from the rest, and turned towards the performances of the prize ring, and of those who "go in" for that amusement and branch of "science."
Closing can be compared to two fighters in the prize ring. The full climax is reached when the two opponents oppose each other in the ring.
DERRY MATHEWS insists that the loyal support of his vocal fanbase has encouraged him to return to the prize ring.
Sayers's inability to master this art suggests that his showmanship skills were limited to the prize ring. It is paradoxical that although he was employed specifically because of his identity as a champion pugilist (as the playbills make obvious), he was unable to perform this role on stage.
Numerous challenges have been exchanged between the two pugilists during the last three years, and the fight on Wednesday was regarded as one of the greatest battles in the history of the prize ring, a battle which made the capital of the state of Nevada, the centre of interest to the sporting fraternity throughout the world.
Instead of sending armies into battle on their behalf, kings and statesmen, trained by Cribb himself, could fight it out like men in the prize ring:
Briggs, beaten once in his 30 fights, did not really know Tyson as a youngster, but admits it was Iron Mike's awesome heavyweight title achievements which inspired him to set foot into the prize ring.
The play, dealing with a gifted son of Italian immigrants who deserts music for the quicker rewards of the prize ring, illuminated the tragedy of the American drive for success.
Indeed, the author wryly quotes another distinguished writer on boxing, Garry Wills: 'People don't want fighters just to be fighters.' The Prize Ring must always mean much more than mere brawling.
It is you or him in the lions' den that is the prize ring - and Calzaghe is the ultimate modern-day gladiator.