Origin of pugilismClassical Latin pugil, boxer, pugilist, akin to pugnare, to fight (see pugnacious) + -ism
The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.
Origin of pugilismFrom Latin pugil pugilist ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural pugilisms)
- fighting with fists, boxing
A rather fancy term, and may be considered pretentious. The simpler term boxing is much more common.