One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Win by scoring more points than one's opponent (as awarded by the judges and/or the referee) rather than by a knockout.
- ‘The first and last time they met was 12 years ago as super middleweights at a leisure centre in Gloucester, when Curtis won on points.’
- ‘A mind-blowing battle ended with a deserved Frazier win on points.’
- ‘He could not win by a knockout, he could not win on points against the tireless Darcy assault, all he could do was dig in and try to survive for 20 rounds.’
- ‘All three judges controversially saw the former winning on points - a verdict the latter has always refused to accept.’
- ‘In September he successfully defended his Oriental Flyweight title against the Japanese boxer Hitoshi Misako, again winning on points over 12 rounds.’
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