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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When we were still young, I saw how Manny worked hard to help uplift his family from poverty," says Nino Jumao-as, one of Pacquiao's best friends during his childhood days and his first sparring mate when he took up boxing.
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.