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Doubt about chopped ice in packs for boxing (10)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fisticuffs

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Here is my best explanation:

'boxing' is the definition.
('fisticuffs' can be a synonym of 'boxing')

'doubt about chopped ice in packs' is the wordplay.
'doubt' becomes 'if' (as in 'it's a big if').
'about' is a reversal indicator.
'chopped' means to remove the last letter.
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'packs' becomes 'stuffs' (**).
'if' reversed gives 'fi'.
'ice' with its last letter removed is 'ic'.
'ic' inserted within 'stuffs' is 'sticuffs'.
'fi'+'sticuffs'='FISTICUFFS'

'for' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for fisticuffs that I've seen before include "fight", "Scrap", "Bare-knuckled fighting", "Fighting with punches", "Hand-to-hand combat?", "Pugilism", "Bare-knuckle combat" and "hand-to-hand combat".)

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