Learn How To Box - lesson in boxing from a pro boxer- Punch jab hook cross Punching etc
HOOK : In
my opinion, Felix Trinidad has one of the best hooks ever. He executes
it with precision and speed that is among the best in the history of the
game. Many fighters tend to really' load up' with their hooks, but the
STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND : When you throw your straight right, it should generally come right after the left jab is thrown. The punch , as with all punches , should not be telegraphed. The right hand should come from your face, right by your chin where your right hand should be when you are in your ' ready stance'. It should be thrown directly from your face to your opponents face. The quickest and most direct way to get from one point to the next is in a straight line. I try to imagine that when I throw my jab , that my jab has traveled down a corridor. When you bring your jab back and let the right hand go it should travel down that same ' corridor'. I think Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns is a very good example of someone who throws a very well executed right hand.
UPPERCUT : The
uppercut is one of the most dangerous punches in Boxing. When thrown as
a part of a multi-punch combination it can have very good effect.
COMBINATIONS : My own personal theory of combination punching is this - A Boxer should be able to , theoretically, throw a thousand punches in succession without losing balance. The reason being is that every single punch in a Boxers arsenal , when thrown properly, should leave the Boxer in a position where he can and will be able to throw another punch. For example, when you throw a left jab you should automatically be in a position to throw a straight right. When you finish with the right hand, you be in a position to throw a left hook, etc etc. If you throw a right hand, or any other punch , and you are off balance and NOT in a position to throw another punch afterwards and you find that you have to re-plant your foot to throw another punch then you DID NOT throw that punch properly. Roy Jones, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather are three Boxers that have the ability to throw very good Combinations.
TO SUM UP ' PUNCHING' : The game of Boxing requires that you be able to move well, slip punches, keep your hands up, be tough , etc etc. BUT the main thing , above all else , to win a fight you must THROW PUNCHES. In my opinion you should start by learning how to throw the left jab ( or right jab if you are a Southpaw). It is Human Nature to want to get started by throwing hooks and crosses and other ' Big punches' . But if you are serious about becoming a ' real Boxer' and want to develop real skills that will maybe take you to a higher level then you MUST concentrate on perfecting your left jab first. Even if it takes you MONTHS to do, you must have your coaches work with you on your jab until you can win rounds with ONLY that punch if need be.
BREATHING : The MAIN THING to remember when you are Boxing is to breathe through your NOSE and not your mouth. When you open your mouth too much and try to Breathe like that, it leaves you more susceptible to having your jaw injured. Be relaxed in there and you will not get as tired as you will if you are tight and nervous.
CIRCLING YOUR OPPONENT : In my opinion, a Boxer must be able to ' Box' and ' Fight'. If an opponent wants to be ' rough' with you, then you need to be able to 'box' so that you can neutralize his offense. If he wants to Box you, then you need to have the aggression and the skills to take him out of his Boxing mode. You should never stand directly in front of your opponent for more than a few seconds at a time. You should constantly be in a position where you can circle to the left or right every few seconds so that you do not give your opponent the chance to ' set up' . The longer you stay in one spot, the easier it is for your opponent to size you up and get off good punches on you.
Training : I recommend
that a Boxer train Monday - Friday and take it easy on the weekend. The
only thing you may need to do each weekend is keep up on your push-ups ,
sit-ups and jogging. During the week, it is usual for Boxers
to be in the Gym each day for about two hours. Each day of training should include Stretching, exercises , shadow-Boxing, skipping rope, punching the heavy bag and , on some days, sparring with other Boxers. Each Coach has his
or her methods of coaching you, but ALL Boxers should be in the Gym as often as they can during the week. Repetition is the KEY in becoming a good fighter. All your punches and footwork, etc. must be practiced very often and with great desire to perfect them.