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Learning Advanced Techniques in Boxing

Updated on May 1, 2017

In Boxing You Never Stop Learning

The basics in boxing are the left jab, right hand and left hook. And of course your stance, basic footwork and basic defense. In this hub you will see some more advanced offensive and defensive techniques used in the sport of boxing. Even after mastering these moves there is still much more to learn because in prizefighting you never stop learning.

Another thing to keep in mind. When a boxer starts out he usually loves the game but once a fighter loses interest he is more likely to get damaged inside the squared circle. This sport requires lots of commitment, dedication and love, AKA, blood, sweat and tears.

Remember Train, Don't Strain

Miguel Cotto misses as the defensive master Floyd Mayweather uses his famous shoulder roll technique.
Miguel Cotto misses as the defensive master Floyd Mayweather uses his famous shoulder roll technique. | Source
Iron Mike Tyson throws a left uppercut while training for a boxing match. His power was in his legs and the way he put all of his body into his shots.
Iron Mike Tyson throws a left uppercut while training for a boxing match. His power was in his legs and the way he put all of his body into his shots. | Source
James Toney shown landing a counter right hand on Iran Barkley won the Super Middleweight title in this bout.
James Toney shown landing a counter right hand on Iran Barkley won the Super Middleweight title in this bout. | Source

Feints

Feints are a way of tricking your opponent into thinking your throwing a punch. It helps in many ways. You can feint a left jab then pop him with the right for example. By doing feints you can begin to time what your opponent is going to do.

The most common and successful feint is with a jab. To feint a jab simply make a sudden movement with your left hand as if your going to shoot the stick but in actuality only move your glove around an inch. By doing this you will be mixing up the jab which is the number one weapon in boxing. Single jab, double jab, feint, single jab, font, feint, double jab. You get the point. Some of the best boxers in history used the feint to near perfection and with lots of success. Boxers like Sugar Ray Robinson and Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Muhammad Ali, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather.

Counter Punching

Counter punching can best be explained by saying You make them miss then you make them pay. When your opponent throws a punch you should dodge it and throw a quick counter before he can return his hand and get his guard up.

To counter punch you need to block, parry or slip a punch then immediately strike with a punch in return. Always keep your guard up and as soon as you're in the motion of dodging a shot you have to be in the motion of returning fire as soon as you slip. Some of the best counter punchers of recent times would be James Toney and Floyd Mayweather.

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Shoulder Roll

The shoulder roll is a defensive technique where you raise your left shoulder up high as you turn your body. It allows you to hide your whole head and it sets you up for a big counter right in the process. This move has been most famously used on a consistent basis by James "Lights Out" Toney and Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

With your left armguard up or down(Preferably Up) you can turn your left arm toward your opponent and raise your left shoulder reveling just your left arm and a piece of the left side of your body. You can pot shot with counter straight rights using this defensive maneuver. This posture, while awesome, can not be used successfuly against an opponent with a large reach advantage.

Parrying

Parrying is basically knocking away an incoming opponents punches with an open glove. It's great to parry punches sometimes just to confuse your opponent and change things up. If you properly parry a shot you should use this opportunity to counter punch.

To parry simply turn the palm of the glove toward the other boxer and swipe his shot out of the way or catch it and fire back right away. If this move is used too often your opponent will begin to time you so be sure and he's this acquired skill sparingly. I am not a big fan of the parry and feel it should be used only in short burst.

Uppercuts

Uppercuts should only be thrown when up very close to an opponent. The reason is because if you miss an uppercut from a distance you will be wide open for a counter.

To throw an uppercut you turn your wrist as you throw your fist in an upward motion. Uppercuts are dangerous punches which can land very solidly on the nose and the chin and they usually cause serious damage. A great combination is one Mike Tyson made famous by executing it so perfectly. A right hook to the body followed by a right uppercut to the head.

Body Work

Just like uppercuts you should only work the body when your fighting on the inside. It's important to put in work to the body because it will wear your opponent down for later in the fight and it will make his punches lose their snap. Body punches account for nothing as an amateur but as a professional boxer, it can decide a bout.

To work the body work your way inside behind the jab with your guard up or by bobbing and weaving to get up close and personal. One inside throw short hooks to the body with both hands. Body shots will force your opponent to drop their hands and leave them open for head shots. Also, working the body will slow your foe down dramatically during 10 and 12 round scheduled matches.

Bodyshots Are Key in Professional Boxing

Ricky Hatton is seen here knocking out Jose Luis Castillo with a left hook to the body. Hatton, From England, was a former jr. welterweight and welterweight champion.
Ricky Hatton is seen here knocking out Jose Luis Castillo with a left hook to the body. Hatton, From England, was a former jr. welterweight and welterweight champion. | Source

How To Shoulder Roll

Judges Scoring Criteria For Boxing

Effective Aggressiveness
Defense
Ring Generalship
Clean Punching
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Professional Boxing is scored on a 10-Point must system.

The Proper Way To Counter Punch

How To Feint in The Ring

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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