I'm translation D. C. Hutchison's 1913 Boxing book to portuguese and I come to one specific passage that makes no sense and I can't find any explanation for it. I really have no other place to ask, maybe some of you can enlighten me.
On the Appendix section, he shows some rule sets that were around while he was a amateur boxer and on the Marquis of Queensberry Rules, the first rule states:
"To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a twenty-four-foot ring ..."
What does "stand-up" means in this context?????
Is it literally standing-up? Maybe in contrast to older rules that would have permitted wrestling?
Or maybe it's used as slang for "a good fight"?
Another term that is puzzling me a little is "stakes", as in "... so that the match must be won and lost, unless the backers of both men agree to draw the stakes" or "In all matches the stakes not to be given up until won or lost by a fight."
It appears a lot and I'm, so far, considering it's the same as what we would call the prize money. But it could also be something more complicated and very specific, like a share of all the bets placed during the fight.
Anyway, I would appreciate any insight, it's literally the only two things I couldn't find a satisfactory historical explanation for.