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Why Do Boxers Swish and Spit Out Water Instead of Drinking It?

Why Do Boxers Swish and Spit Out Water Instead of Drinking It?

Why Do Boxers Swish and Spit Out Water Instead of Drinking It?

Why do boxers swish and spit out water instead of drinking it? — Jim Brigman, Jacksonville, Fla.
We posed this question to a guy who’s done a lot of swishing and spitting over the years, 49-year-old boxing legend Bernard Hopkins. Here’s what he told us: “Because our mouths can become dry in the ring, and a lot of times you just want to get your mouth moist enough to be able to continue to the next round. We do swallow some water, though, and spit the rest.”