The Reading / Listening - Boxing - Level 6

Floyd Mayweather has won what was billed as the fight of the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took home a staggering $100 million for defeating Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of spectators paid tens of thousands of dollars for ringside seats. Millions more around the world tuned in on pay-per-view streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event and a mismatch. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had never been defeated or even knocked down, against McGregor - a mixed martial arts fighter in his first ever professional boxing match. But the hype surrounding it made it a huge spectacle.



Mayweather, 40, entered the ring as the heavy favourite, even though he had retired two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins (including 26 knockouts) and no defeats. McGregor, 29, is the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's victory came early in the 10th round. The referee dived in to save McGregor from any more punishment from Mayweather's flurries of punches. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, to edge ahead of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor gave a gutsy and spirited performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior technique came through.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Boxing - Level 4  or  Boxing - Level 5

Sources
  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2727620-floyd-mayweather-beats-conor-mcgregor-by-10th-round-tko-in-megafight
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/boxing/41064767
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/08/26/fight-night-has-arrived-floyd-mayweather-and-conor-mcgregor-set-to-face-off/?utm_term=.ffacf0dbd06d


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Warm-ups

1. BOXING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about boxing. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       fight / century / spectator / ringside seats / pay-per-view / purists / martial arts / hype
       heavy favourite / retired / defeats / world champion / referee / punches / technique

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. MARTIAL ARTS: Students A strongly believe martial arts are better than boxing; Students B strongly believe boxing is better.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. THE MAIN EVENT: How can big boxing events be made better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Changes to make boxing better?

Why?

The build-up

 

 

Safety rules

 

 

Length of rounds

 

 

Number of rounds

 

 

Music

 

 

Ticket prices

 

 

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5. FIGHT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "fight". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. COMBAT SPORTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • mixed martial arts
  • kickboxing
  • judo
  • taekwondo
  • boxing
  • karate
  • wrestling
  • sumo

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Mayweather-McGregor fight was the richest in boxing history.     T / F
  2. Tens of thousands of people paid thousands of dollars for ringside seats.   T / F
  3. Those who love boxing described the fight as a circus event.     T / F
  4. Conor McGregor had never fought a professional boxing match before.     T / F
  5. Floyd Mayweather retired two years ago and came out of retirement.     T / F
  6. McGregor is a middleweight champion at mixed martial arts.     T / F
  7. The legend Rocky Marciano still has a better record than Mayweather.     T / F
  8. The article said McGregor gave a vast and superior performance.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. billed
  2. staggering
  3. spectators
  4. purists
  5. defeated
  6. entered
  7. punishment
  8. defeats
  9. spirited
  10. superior
  1. losses
  2. more skillful
  3. perfectionists
  4. battering
  5. advertised
  6. onlookers
  7. lively
  8. beaten
  9. got into
  10. amazing

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. billed as
  2. took home a staggering
  3. ringside
  4. tuned in on pay-per-
  5. the hype surrounding it made
  6. entered the ring as the heavy
  7. His boxing record was 49 wins
  8. victory came
  9. more punishment from Mayweather's
  10. Mayweather's vast experience and
  1. favourite
  2. view streaming sites
  3. flurries of punches
  4. seats
  5. early in the 10th round
  6. the fight of the century
  7. it a huge spectacle
  8. superior technique
  9. $100 million
  10. (including 26 knockouts)

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
mismatch
billed
martial
spectators
hype
defeated
staggering
view

Floyd Mayweather has won what was (1) ____________ as the fight of the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took home a (2) ____________ $100 million for defeating Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of (3) ____________ paid tens of thousands of dollars for ringside seats. Millions more around the world tuned in on pay-per-(4) ____________ streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event and a (5) ____________. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had never been (6) ____________ or even knocked down, against McGregor - a mixed (7) ____________ arts fighter in his first ever professional boxing match. But the (8) ____________ surrounding it made it a huge spectacle.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
reigning
punches
technique
retired
spirited
punishment
victory
edge

Mayweather, 40, entered the ring as the heavy favourite, even though he (9) ____________ two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins (including 26 knockouts) and no defeats. McGregor, 29, is the (10) ____________ Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's (11) ____________ came early in the 10th round. The referee dived in to save McGregor from any more (12) ____________ from Mayweather's flurries of (13) ____________. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, to (14) ____________ ahead of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor gave a gutsy and (15) ____________ performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior (16) ____________ came through.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Floyd Mayweather has won what was billed as the ______ century
     a.  fight off the
     b.  fight if the
     c.  fight from the
     d.  fight of the

2)  Mayweather took home a staggering $100 million for defeating Conor McGregor ______
     a.  in 10 round
     b.  on 10 rounds
     c.  to 10 rounds
     d.  in 10 rounds

3)  Thousands of spectators paid tens of thousands of dollars ______
     a.  for rings side seats
     b.  for ringside seat
     c.  for ringside seats
     d.  for rings side seat

4)  Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event ______
     a.  and a mismatch
     b.  and a missed match
     c.  and a miss match
     d.  and a mismatched

5)  But the hype surrounding it made it ______
     a.  a huge spectacle
     b.  a hug spectacle
     c.  a huge spectacles
     d.  a hugely spectacle

6)  Mayweather, 40, entered the ring as the heavy favourite, even though he ______
     a.  retires two years ago
     b.  retired two years ago
     c.  retried two years ago
     d.  retied two years ago

7)  Mayweather's victory came early in ______
     a.  the 10th surround
     b.  the 10th rounds
     c.  the 10th round
     d.  the 10th around

8) dived in to save McGregor from any more punishment from Mayweather's ______
     a.  flurries of punches
     b.  flurries off punches
     c.  flurries of punch is
     d.  flurry save punches

9)  McGregor gave a gutsy and ______
     a.  spirit it performance
     b.  spirit performances
     c.  spirited performance
     d.  spirited performances

10)  but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior ______ through
     a.  technique came
     b.  technical come
     c.  technically came
     d.  technique come

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Floyd Mayweather has won what was billed (1) ___________________ the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took (2) ___________________ $100 million for defeating Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of spectators paid tens of thousands of dollars (3) ___________________. Millions more around the world tuned in on pay-per-view streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the (4) ___________________ event and a mismatch. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had (5) ___________________ or even knocked down, against McGregor - a mixed martial arts fighter in his first ever professional boxing match. But the (6) ___________________ it made it a huge spectacle.

Mayweather, 40, entered (7) ___________________ heavy favourite, even though he retired two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins (including 26 knockouts) (8) ___________________. McGregor, 29, is the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's victory (9) ___________________ 10th round. The referee dived in to save McGregor (10) ___________________ punishment from Mayweather's flurries of punches. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, (11) ___________________ of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor (12) ___________________ and spirited performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior technique came through.

Comprehension questions

  1. What was the fight billed as?
  2. How much money did the article say Floyd Mayweather earned?
  3. What kind of event did boxing purists call the event?
  4. How many times had Mayweather been knocked over in a fight?
  5. What did the article say surrounded this boxing match?
  6. When did Floyd Mayweather retire?
  7. How many times had Floyd Mayweather knocked out his opponent?
  8. Who dived in to save McGregor from further punishment?
  9. Who is Mayweather now ahead of in terms of undefeated records?
  10. What did the article call McGregor's performance, besides spirited?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What was the fight billed as?
a) David vs Goliath
b) the fight of the century
c) Beauty and the Beast
d) Brain vs Brawn

2) How much money did the article say Floyd Mayweather earned?
a) $110 million
b) $101 million
c) $111 million
d) $100 million

3) What kind of event did boxing purists call the event?
a) a circus event
b) a main event
c) a huge event
d) a novelty event

4) How many times had Mayweather been knocked over in a fight?
a) 3
b) 1
c) 0
d) 2

5) What did the article say surrounded this boxing match?
a) journalists
b) hype
c) money
d) boxers

6) When did Floyd Mayweather retire?
a) a year ago
b) 3 years ago
c) 2 years ago
d) 4 years ago

7) How many times had Floyd Mayweather knocked out his opponent?
a) 50
b) 49
c) 28
d) 26

8) Who dived in to save McGregor from further punishment?
a) the referee
b) his fans
c) hi manager
d) a journalist

9) Who is Mayweather now ahead of in terms of undefeated records?
a) Rocky Marciano
b) Mike Tyson
c) Muhammad Ali
d) Joe Louis

10) What did the article call McGregor's performance, besides spirited?
a) gusty
b) gutsy
c) guts
d) gutless

Role play

Role  A – Boxing

You think boxing is the best combat sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their combat sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): MMA, sumo or wrestling.

Role  B – Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

You think MMA is the best combat sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their combat sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): boxing, sumo or wrestling.

Role  C – Sumo

You think sumo is the best combat sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their combat sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): MMA, boxing or wrestling.

Role  D – Wrestling

You think wrestling is the best combat sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their combat sports. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  MMA, sumo or boxing.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'boxing'

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  • and 'fight'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • heavy
    • 26
    • early
    • punches
    • 50
    • vast
    • billed
    • tens
    • tuned
    • circus
    • pitched
    • hype




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Floyd Mayweather wins richest fight in boxing history

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'boxing'?
    3. What are the good things about boxing?
    4. What do you think of this fight?
    5. Which is better – boxing or mixed martial arts?
    6. Should a boxer get $100 million for a single fight?
    7. What do you think of boxing?
    8. Has this fight changed the image of boxing?
    9. Why was the fight hyped so much?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Conor McGregor?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'fight'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are the bad things about boxing?
    5. Why do people go to see boxing matches?
    6. How safe or dangerous is boxing?
    7. What did you think of the fight?
    8. Should McGregor stick to mixed martial arts?
    9. What kind of person becomes a top boxing champion?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Floyd Mayweather?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Floyd Mayweather has won what was (1) ____ as the fight of the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took home a (2) ____ $100 million for defeating Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of spectators paid tens of thousands of dollars for (3) ____ seats. Millions more around the world tuned in on pay-per-(4) ____ streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event and a mismatch. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had never been defeated or even knocked down, against McGregor - a (5) ____ martial arts fighter in his first ever professional boxing match. But the hype surrounding it made it a huge (6) ____.

    Mayweather, 40, entered the ring as the (7) ____ favourite, even though he retired two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins (including 26 knockouts) and no defeats. McGregor, 29, is the (8) ____ Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's victory came early in the 10th (9) ____. The referee dived in to save McGregor from any (10) ____ punishment from Mayweather's flurries of punches. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, to edge (11) ____ of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor gave a gutsy and spirited performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior technique (12) ____ through.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     bailed     (b)     billing     (c)     billed     (d)     balled    
    2. (a)     staggering     (b)     struggling     (c)     staging     (d)     staggered    
    3. (a)     ringside     (b)     seaside     (c)     offside     (d)     aside    
    4. (a)     view     (b)     look     (c)     see     (d)     gaze    
    5. (a)     mixes     (b)     mixing     (c)     mixture     (d)     mixed    
    6. (a)     respectful     (b)     receptacle     (c)     spectacles     (d)     spectacle    
    7. (a)     heavy     (b)     heavily     (c)     heaving     (d)     heavenly    
    8. (a)     resigning     (b)     ringing     (c)     raining     (d)     reigning    
    9. (a)     round     (b)     square     (c)     oval     (d)     triangle    
    10. (a)     most     (b)     more     (c)     much     (d)     mere    
    11. (a)     headed     (b)     ahead     (c)     heading     (d)     heads    
    12. (a)     came     (b)     done     (c)     been     (d)     went

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     in to save McGregor from any more punishment from Mayweather's flurries of

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    Put the words in the right order

    1. century  as  what  the  the   was  has  fight  billed  won  of  Mayweather  .
    2. paid   dollars   tens   Thousands   of   of   thousands   spectators   of   .
    3. sites   view   per–   tuned   streaming   pay-   on   in   more   Millions   .
    4. boxing   his   match   first   A   ever   fighter   professional   in   .
    5. surrounding   huge   it   spectacle   made   The   it   hype   a   .
    6. heavy   favourite   Mayweather   ,   40   ,   entered   the   ring   as   the   .
    7. came   victory   Mayweather's   round   10th   the   in   early   .
    8. from   in   any   to   more   save   punishment   McGregor   Dived   .
    9. gave   gutsy   spirited   McGregor   a   and   performance   .
    10. Mayweather's   technique   superior   and   experience   vast   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Floyd Mayweather has won what was bailed / billed as the fight of the century, and the richest fight in boxing history. Mayweather took home a staggering / swaggering $100 million for defeats / defeating Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday. Thousands of spectators / spectacles paid tens of thousands of dollars for ringside / ring seats. Millions more around the world turned / tuned in on pay-per-view streaming sites. Boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event / eventual and a mismatch. It pitched Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, who had never been / being defeated or even knocked down, against McGregor - a mixed martial arts fighter in his first ever professionally / professional boxing match. But the hyper / hype surrounding it made it a huge spectacle.

    Mayweather, 40, entered the ring was / as the heavy favourite, even though he retired / retried two years ago. His boxing record was 49 wins (inclusive / including 26 knockouts) and no defeats. McGregor, 29, is the reigning / raining Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight world champion. Mayweather's victory / victorious came early in the 10th round. The referee dived in to save McGregor from many / any more punishment from Mayweather's flurries / furies of punches. Victory means Mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats, to hedge / edge ahead of the legendary Rocky Marciano, who retired with a 49-0 record. McGregor gave a gusty / gutsy and spirited performance, but in the end, Mayweather's vast experience and superior technique / technical came through.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    floyd mayweather has won what was billed as the fight of the century and the richest fight in boxing history mayweather took home a staggering $100 million for defeating conor mcgregor in 10 rounds in las vegas on saturday thousands of spectators paid tens of thousands of dollars for ringside seats millions more around the world tuned in on pay-per-view streaming sites boxing purists derided the fight as a circus event and a mismatch it pitched mayweather one of the greatest fighters in boxing history who had never been defeated or even knocked down against mcgregor - a mixed martial arts fighter in his first ever professional boxing match but the hype surrounding it made it a huge spectacle

    mayweather 40 entered the ring as the heavy favourite even though he retired two years ago his boxing record was 49 wins (including 26 knockouts) and no defeats mcgregor 29 is the reigning ultimate fighting championship lightweight world champion mayweather's victory came early in the 10th round the referee dived in to save mcgregor from any more punishment from mayweather's flurries of punches victory means mayweather has 50 wins and no defeats to edge ahead of the legendary rocky marciano who retired with a 49-0 record mcgregor gave a gutsy and spirited performance but in the end mayweather's vast experience and superior technique came through

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    therichestfightinboxinghistory.Mayweathertookhomeastaggering$
    100millionfordefeatingConorMcGregorin10roundsinLasVegasonSat
    urday.Thousandsofspectatorspaidtensofthousandsofdollarsforrings
    ideseats.Millionsmorearoundtheworldtunedinonpay-per-viewstrea
    mingsites.Boxingpuristsderidedthefightasacircuseventandamismat
    ch.ItpitchedMayweather,oneofthegreatestfightersinboxinghistory,
    whohadneverbeendefeatedorevenknockeddown,againstMcGregor-
    amixedmartialartsfighterinhisfirsteverprofessionalboxingmatch.Bu
    tthehypesurroundingitmadeitahugespectacle.Mayweather,40,ente
    redtheringastheheavyfavourite,eventhoughhehadretiredtwoyearsa
    go.Hisboxingrecordwas49wins(including26knockouts)andnodefeat
    s.McGregor,29,isthereigningUltimateFightingChampionshiplightwe
    ightworldchampion.Mayweather'svictorycameearlyinthe10thround
    .TherefereedivedintosaveMcGregorfromanymorepunishmentfrom
    Mayweather'sflurriesofpunches.VictorymeansMayweatherhas50wi
    nsandnodefeats,toedgeaheadofthelegendaryRockyMarciano,whore
    tiredwitha49-0record.McGregorgaveagutsyandspiritedperformanc
    e,butintheend,Mayweather'svastexperienceandsuperiortechniquec
    amethrough.

    Free writing

    Write about boxing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Boxing is too dangerous and should be banned. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. BOXING: Make a poster about boxing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FLOYD MAYWEATHER: Write a magazine article about Floyd Mayweather and whether or not he is the greatest boxer ever. Include imaginary interviews with people who believe this and with people who do not believe this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on boxing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make it better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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