Boxing Training: Improve Your Punches

August 17, 2009


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Boxing Training Tips

When looking at boxing training programs, variations to the standard right jab are key.

Left Jab-Right to the Body-Left Hook to the Jaw

Against a boxer who carries his left elbow high or extends it too far out from the body thereby leaving an opening for a right to the body, the following sequence is effective: a left jab to the jaw; a right to the body under the opponent’s high left, moving in at the same time to be able to follow with the left . The puncher draws back his left high to protect his chin and to be closer to the target. After the right to the body the opponent often drops his hands, thereby leaving an opening for the third punch, the left hook to the chin.

Against a tense or tightened-up opponent, a left feint to the body may be used. The puncher feints to the body to draw the opponent’s hands down. This is often effective at the start of the first round. This may be followed by a lefty to the chin. With the opponent’s hands drawn down, the puncher whips across a left hook to the chin.

Double Left Hook

The puncher throws this move to the body lightly, to draw his opponent’s hand down. The puncher must make sure his own chin is covered with his right glove. This is followed by a left hook to the chin. The puncher, after drawing his opponent’s hands down, whips a hook to the chin. This variation is very effective, but, again, is dangerous because of exposing the chin. A sharp right-hand counter usually does the trick against the careless body puncher.

In keeping with this aspect of boxing training programs, against a nervous, tense opponent, the following variation usually works: The puncher feints with a left jab to draw the opponent’s right glove away from his jaw. This is followed by a left hook. The puncher, after drawing out the right hand of his opponent, has a good shot at his chin with a fast left hook. The right hand is kept back and high, ready to follow up the left hook with a sharp right if the opportunity arises.

The puncher immediately follows the left hook with his right cross. This variation is often used in place of the left-right-hook, making it a left-hook-right sequence.

Many more variations might be suggested but it has been my experience that giving the boys too many punch sequences tends to confuse rather than help them. The previously-mentioned variations and sequences, along with the regular fundamentals, are sufficient for any boxer.

The Right Uppercut

I suggest spending comparatively little time in your boxing training programs on the right uppercut. Only if the opponent has his head bent down and forward, and is coming forward, is the punch effective. We once taught our Wisconsin boxers the right uppercut and worked on the punch for one week before we met a particular team.

This was only because the boxers on that team were coached in a boring-in style against which the uppercut was very effective. Since those particular matches we have not been fortunate enough to meet a team whose boxers were “cousins” for right uppercuts. Consideration of left uppercuts is purposely omitted. I have never seen an effective left uppercut. I occasionally hear about them.

However, practice of these boxing training tips and other variations will be of benefit to the young boxer.


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