1. ## four-inch reach

The President will go three boxing rounds with the champion.
"The President and the boxer weighed approximately the same. It was just distributed differently. President was about six inches shorter than the boxer and slightly pudgy. The champ had a good four-inch reach on the President, and there was an 18-year age difference."
I have no idea what does "four-inch reach on the President" mean. Thank you for your help.

2. ## Re: four-inch reach

It means he could extend his arm four inches further than the President could or rather that, when fully extended, his arm was four inches longer than the President's.

3. ## Re: four-inch reach

Originally Posted by meliss
The President will go three boxing rounds with the champion.
"The President and the boxer weighed approximately the same. It was just distributed differently. President was about six inches shorter than the boxer and slightly pudgy. The champ had a good four-inch reach on the President, and there was an 18-year age difference."
I have no idea what does "four-inch reach on the President" mean. Thank you for your help.
I suggest that this should read "The champ had a good four-inch reach advantage over the president."
We wouldn't say "The champ had a good four-inch height on the president". Or would we? I'm never sure with sports writing.

4. ## Re: four-inch reach

But is such a difference really possible with an arm length generally no more than 80 cm and with the President being just about six inches shorter?

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Originally Posted by Raymott
I suggest that this should read "The champ had a good four-inch reach advantage over the president."
We wouldn't say "The champ had a good four-inch height on the president". Or would we? I'm never sure with sports writing.
It did sound a little odd to me and we definitely wouldn't say your example sentence about height. That would probably read "He had a good four inches of height on the President". I would say "His reach had a good four inches on the President's" or "Reach-wise, he had a good four inches on the President" though.

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