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Vintage boxing match

Vintage boxing match
There do seem to be an awful number of people in the ring . . . perhaps this was common at the time?

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It's the pre-fight pose for photographs by the fighters and their entourages. When it's time for final instructions by the referee, everyone has to leave except the chief seconds. While the fight is in progress, only one second is allowed to enter the ring between rounds, and that can be either the chief second or the cutman. The rest must stand on the ring apron and reach through the ropes. The chief second is the only team member allowed to intervene by "throwing in the towel" on behalf of the fighter. "Throwing in the towel" is not limited to only that literal action, if the chief second steps up on the apron and waves his hand, or enters the ring at a time other than between rounds, the referee assumes that he is surrendering on behalf of his fighter.
3 years ago.