The buildup was that the challenger had bested the reigning champ in the first bout and now the champ had to make a comeback.
champ refers to a field, Bertin was likely the original owner of that field, and the name still holds today.
The reigning Emmy champ coming off her best season yet on The Good Wife, Margulies could very well set that record, too.
The clock strikes zero, and the champ is still the champ, 61-56.
“Yes, champ, I believe you did,” I said, pointing to a pie crust on his plate.
The hope of victory rouses the spirits of these noble youths; their fiery horses neigh and prance, and champ their foaming bits.
She was to be seen, in July, 1790, digging the soil of the champ de Mars.
They prance, and champ the bit, and the young man seems to pull on them as though his liver was coming out.
Pop Monroe was trying for just one solid blow to slow down the champ.
The champ de Mars was guarded by troops, and the avenues were also guarded on all sides.
1868, American English abbreviation of champion (n.).
"to chew noisily," 1520s, probably echoic; OED suggests a connection with jam (v.). Earlier also cham, chamb, etc. To champ on (or at) the bit, as an eager horse will, is attested in figurative sense by 1640s. Related: Champed; champing. As a noun in this sense, attested from c.1600.