sparring partner

a boxer who spars with and otherwise serves to train a boxer who is preparing for a bout.
Also called sparring mate.

1905–10 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sparring partner (ˈspɑːrɪŋ)
1.  a person who practises with a boxer during training
2.  a person with whom one has friendly arguments

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