, this is a side-by-side
listing of important statistics about the two boxers. Of major importance are their match statistics, weight, height and reach
. Also listed are measurements of most of their bodies. The phrase, of course, comes from the fact that most of these stats
are taken with a tape measure
, and can sometimes tell the tale of the bout
before it starts.
The phrase is also used for any other sport (or whatever) where statistics are being compared.