sparring mate

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Noun1.sparring mate - a boxer who spars with another boxer who is training for an important fight
boxer, pugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sport
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Manila's tourism department could also not confirm that managers have another sparring mate for Pacquiao in December in the Philippines.
She has also been nicknamed the "female Jack Dempsey" by her Holyrood club-mates, a moniker she deserves according to her sparring mate Ken Buchanan.
And with Roy Keane, his old sparring mate in the centre of midfield now gone from the national squad, the former Home Farm player is now an even more important member of McCarthy's team.
Boom, boom, boom,'' hisses a fighter each time he connects with his sparring mate.
Adrian Young, Manny Pacquiao's latest sparring mate, marveled at the Filipino ring superstar's lethal combination of speed and power after their three-round session on Tuesday.
net, the website for the local daily in the Philippines, stated that Pacquiao put down sparring mate Stan Martyniouk in a recent sparring session.