Formerly known as the “Boxing Mailbag”, Ask a Boxer features your latest boxing questions. This recent one deals with southpaws, weight loss, counter-punching, punch variations, training equipment, and training through injuries.
1. How do you beat someone who is faster than you? – Lalo
- I’m already writing a guide on this. The easy answer is to fight him like a speed bag, not a heavy bag. Chase him down with small quick punches. The moment you’re able to catch him, keep following up with more quick shots to keep him from escaping. Since it’s hard to see and hit a moving target, you’ll have to use timing and rhythm to catch him. Instead of trying to counter his first punch, keep an eye out on what he likes to use as his second punch…and then work on countering that. If he’s an energetic fighter, try chasing him down with a high guard and see if you can make him punch himself out.
2. How do you beat a southpaw?! – everyone
- I have finished writing this guide. I just need to take pictures and video. Some of these guides take a while because there are so many techniques that I don’t know I use. Instintively know how to fight a southpaw is easy enough, it takes me time to spar multiple southpaws in a row and carefully reflect on how I fought each one. I don’t want to just give the readers a list of tips. I make 100% sure that my guide can make the difference and help you defeat the tricky southpaws! It will be released NEXT!
3. Can you give me a sample training session? – Garry
Please provide me with a sample training session – working on core strength, stamina. power and strength. I have a 3 way boxing stand, skipping rope, ab roller and a 20kg kettlebell. Many thanks, Garry.
- Have you checked out the Easy Boxing Workout? That’s a good base routine to add to.
4. I am 162 cm with reach of 65 inch. Do you think I should fight at welterweight division? – Ali
- Most welterweights would be taller than you at that height. Give it a try and if you feel the reach is too much to overcome, then you have to move down a weight class.
5. Can you write “Underrated Boxing Skills #3”? – Curtis
I think it would be a brillant idea if you decided to write underated boxing skills #3. In it you could outline lung capacity and low heart rate and how to improve them.
- I’ve been thinking about the next one to write for that series. Thanks for your suggestion!
6. How can a boxer mentally control a match? – Gianni
- Start by being relaxed and in control of yourself. Stop worrying about the outcome or winning. Stay calm and think about what you have to do. Next up you try to contain your opponent. You see what he does and begin to take away his moves one at a time. At first, he may land some jabs but you never let him finish the right hand. Next, you begin to take away his jabs. All while doing so, you slowly force him to absorb more and more of your punches. At first, try to stop him from doing what he wants to do. THEN, let him do it, let him over commit to it, and you take advantage of his determination. Man…this sounds like another guide already.
7. What are your thoughts of the new Elevation Training Mask to simulate High Altitude training? – Jordan
- I’ve never used it but I do know that training at high altitude has many benefits. I’m always up for helpful training equipment so yes, give it a try and let us know how much it helps. I’ve always been excited to try new equipment.
8. How do I construct a counter-punching strategy? – DKL
Basically, I’m just asking, speed and natural ability aside, what should I be looking for in my opponent, what should I practice, what are some good counter punches (or maybe even some counter-counter-punches…) , how to set one up, and when is the perfect time to throw one or two to slice and dice some dudes at the gym.
This seems to work against brawlers and boxers alike. I’m a taller guy, and I don’t really think brawling is the best suited for me. I’ve watched myself on film and resort to this for some reason, either because my mental attitude (“Lets bang…”) or impatience, which this will get me killed if I ever got in the ring with some guy who knows what he’s doing. I just want to unleash some damage with a combo but I’m playing with fire if I don’t cool it. What a waste of my height advantage anyway.
Also, your article of beating a shorter boxer was genius and it opened my eyes a lot to height and reach advantages. Anyway, it seems like once you’ve reached this level, you’re, for lack of a better word, impressive to watch and box with. This, in my opinion is ESSENTIAL to the game of slow-paced BOXING, not brawling; A game of the mind, not will-power, heart, or balls. Just straight boxing IQ. Watching counter punching greats like Floyd Mayweather and James Toney, I’ve noticed that for one, the pace is slow to almost one or two shots after a flurry of the other guy. The other guy throws everything they got at em’ and they just ‘pop, pop’ with nice, short little hooks, crosses, and uppercuts.
Mayweather’s Pull-Counter right over his opponents jab (VIDEO) is so brutally simple, it’s ridiculous why it’s worked for so many years. But it’s just that. It’s worked because it’s simplicity. He’s quick, sure, but it’s really just timing and his planted back foot. Plus, counter-punchers barely take any damage man. The basis of their techniques is rooted in their lead shoulder position. Their left hand is dropped lower and they point that shoulder forward, almost never squaring up, which adds to the slipperiness. They bait em’ in with a jab or lead cross so the other guy throws back, then ‘bam’, they throw, connect, and it increases there power, especially because the other guy doesn’t know what hit them.
- DKL, I don’t know if you’re asking me or teaching me. Hahahaha. Here’s a little teaser from my upcoming counter-punching guide:…the easiest way to create a counter-punching strategy is to force the other guy’s punch. Instead of learning a billion counters to their jab, just work on getting them to throw the jab. Learn to move in a certain way that always baits their jab. Once you learn how to bait specific punches, the counters will come easy.
- Another thing about slow-paced counter-punchers. The best counter-punchers don’t slow down the fight. It’s their opponents that slow down the fight because they don’t like getting hit by so many counters. The slower opponents are usually the ones to stop the exchange, think for a bit, before going in again to eat more counters 😉
9. How do I shadowbox the right way? – Lennart
As stupid as it sounds: how do I have to accomplish shadowboxing in the right way? To be honest: often I feel like an idiot while punching in the air and feel insecure whether I really look like a wannabe rocky balboa. What about writing a “The Ultimate Shadowboxing Guide”?
- The ultimate shadowboxing guide? Good idea! I think I know what you mean. When everyone else does it, they look cool and swift with a quick rhythm…and then when you do it, it looks like you’re swinging at the air. Take small steps and quick punches, don’t over step and don’t over swing. Keep you entire body coordinated with each punch. Breathe fast and stay relaxed. You don’t need to go fast to look cool. Just look coordinated and sharp. That’s all there is to it.
10. What is the strongest punch in boxing? – Bashaar
- Easily the right cross. But the most dangerous one is probably the left hook in my opinion. Other than that, it’s up to your style.
11. Will doing stomach exercises work faster for a 6 pack? – Lawrence
- Most likely not. Running and lots of cardio to burn fat off your body will do the trick more. Most people have a six pack already but it’s hidden under a layer of body fat. Lose the fat, and you’ll reveal the abdominal muscles you’ve always had all along. Run, jump rope, spar, hit the bags, you’ll lose weight quick. I have a six pack and I never do ab work.
12. Can a brawler or faster pace fighter counter-punch? If so, how? – DKL
- Anyone can counter-punch. As long as you’re trying to beat your opponent’s punch with a punch of your own, you’re basically “counter-punching”. Counter-punches are beautiful and natural movements in boxing. Nobody ever fights by taking turns punching and defending; they’re usually both punching at the same time.
13. Do you know where I can get wall charts for boxing exercises? – Janet
I have just bought a heavy punch bag mainly to improve my strength and fitness. I am totally new to boxing so I would like to try to use correct technique and a variety of punches while working out.
I have been looking for a wall chart, similar to those normally found in gyms that shows the main punches and maybe some bag drills but unfortunately I can’t find any. Do you have any of those type of wall charts or do you know where I could get them from.
- Are you talking about those little brochure cards with pictures and descriptions of boxing workout routines? We have one from Everlast at our gym but I have no idea where our trainers got it. Most gyms I’ve seen will print out stuff from the internet or write their own on a clipboard attached to the wall.
14. What do you think of Teofilo Stevenson? – Tom
First, I should say I really like reading your training tips, it’s usually so helpful, making clear why the basic skills are the BASE. Just wonder what you think of Teofilo Stevenson…I love the way how simple his style looks. Pendulum step, constant jabs and perfect timing for right hand. Simple and beatiful, don’t you thing? Is that ‘simplicity’ possible because he is taller than his opponents? Any plans to write a ‘giude’ on his style/tactics?
Thanks for the sites!!!
- Teofilo Stevenson is a great boxer! There is nothing simple about him at all. The reason why he wins with simple tactics is because he outclasses his opponents so much he doesn’t need to use other punches. The guy has great eyes. Check out this video (Teofilo Stevenson tribute) he catches the counter right hand right as the other guy throws his right hand, AND THEN EVEN TIPS him with the left uppercut on his way down. Proof right there that it wasn’t just a blind lucky right hand, his eyes were on target the entire time.
15. How to improve punch power? – Srinivas
- Proper technique and repetitive training. Good use of angles and timing.
16. Should we punch through a target? – Ayush
You know how u say that we shouldn’t “punch through” the target. well I have saw video of freddie roach coaching pro boxers and he teaches them to punch through the target. He tells them to follow through with the elbow when throwing a hook.
And plus I have seen so many mma trainers teach ufc fighters like anderson silva, GSP, Lyoto Machida, etc. to punch (and kick too) through their target and not at the target (which I think they mean to just touch the target). So any comment on that?
- Punch through the target, but not all the way through. Once you learn how to throw snap punches, you will know how to punch properly and from there you can commit as much as the situation allows you to. Too many beginners are so focused on power that they don’t realize their punches are not throwing with proper snap or explosiveness.
- You don’t start off a fight by trying to finish your opponent. First try to touch him, open him up. Then try to follow up those openings with bigger shots. When he’s hurt and ready to go, THEN you knock him out. Everyone knows how to finish a hurt opponent, just throw punches till he goes down. But what about fighting a fresh opponent? That takes skill, patience, and more than just power. You don’t beat fresh opponents by dumping out all your power. Race car drivers aren’t taught how to drive by stepping all the way through the gas peddle. (Anybody can do that.)
- “Punching through” and causing maximum damage, is not the only focus of punching. There should also be a focus on defense, energy efficiency, as well as speed. But yes, if you want to be an expert at breaking bricks and causing maximum damage, then you should punch all the way through. If you want to fight efficiently against a live opponent who will punch back at you, then you will have to trade off some power for defense…or save the absolute power punches to only be used as finishing punches.
17. How can my son lose weight safely for a fight? – Gary
Any suggestions as to how my 15yr old son can safely lose 2-3 kgs for a fight in 6 weeks? Weighs 52kgs and already very fit. Not going to risk losing power/stamina on crash course.
- A proper diet and strict monitoring on his weight will be fine. If you need to lose some final weight, try drinking lots of water regularly (you should already be doing this) and start trimming down the meals 2-3 days before the fight. Eat 10 TINY meals during the last 24 hours. On the night before, sit in the steam shower and sweat out as much water as possible. Only drink one more cup of water before. 2-3 kgs off weight is not so bad.
18. Does one need to shout while punching? I used to observe this in other martial arts, but in boxing is it necessary? – Leo
- Some boxers do shout or grunt when they punch, like Manny Pacquiao. Many other boxers do it too. Sometimes it sounds like a grunt and other times it sounds like a big hiss of air. All fighters do it because it helps them exhale air explosively from their stomach. The key is not to open your mouth when you do it, or else you risk getting your jaw broken off (especially important in boxing).
19. How should I modify my boxing schedule to make it better? Amit
I am 5’11”.187 lbs orthodox.
I have some confusions in my mind regarding boxing workout.
– How many rounds should I go for heavy bag and double end bag and speed ball
– I start my workout with 3 rounds of skipping (3 minute round 1 min rest)
– then 2 rounds of shadow boxing (sometimes with weight)
– then 3 rounds of heavy bag and 2, 2 rounds of double end ball and speed ball and finish the workout either with skipping or shadow boxing.
Pls suggest me do what else I need to modify to make it better And how much should I run and for how many times in a week I also want to know a weight lifting schedule to enhance my performance.
- 3 round each for the heavy bag, double-end, and speed ball is plenty. I prefer shadowboxing without the weight so that you can focus on more speed and foot coordination (instead of arm strength). Finishing the workouts with skipping or shadow boxing is perfect.
- Try out my Easy Boxing Workout and see how you like it.
20. How do you beat a fighter who has a better jab? – Joe
My sparring buddy outweighs me by about 20lbs, has a reach advantage of a couple inches, and has a fast, hard, stiff jab. I tried counter-jabbing, but he blocks easily, and I’ve tried a cross counter, but his shoulders are too broad.
- Sounds like he has more than just a better jab. He has a better jab defense, right hand defense, and maybe even reflexes. Work on your jab. Make it stronger, sharper, faster, more accurate, all while being more relaxed. Even if your jab was as good as his, you’d still lose the fight because he’s bigger, taller, and longer. Your skills need to be better than his if you want to overcome the size and reach. If you can’t find a way to crack through this guy, then find more creative ways to beat guys you already beat.
21. Are ProMex boxing gloves any good? – Adel
I was looking for new gloves to buy on titlemma.com for sparring and theyve been on sale for a while. They were originally 150 and are 80 at the moment. Do you know anything about these gloves?
- We have PROMEX gloves at our gym and use them everyday. The ProMex brand is supposed to be a wannabe version of Cleto Reyes and so far I like them. They’re good quality and feel nice.
22. Can you write a guide on body punching? – Mike
Hey I was wondering if you could write a guide on body punching, i believe that it is one of the most effective and devastating way to attack your opponent, but i really don’t know how to do it properly and how to set up body punches.
- Already done, guide to be released very soon!
23. How do you recover from a broken collar bone? – Phil
Hi Johnny, I was hoping that you may be able to help me out, I am recovering from a broken collar bone (clavicle), injury not boxing related, but it has stopped my training in its tracks, have you any advice for the best way to get back into training and what exercises I need to be performing to build up the fitness and strength or if you are aware of how other boxers get round this injury for their next fight etc. I am an orthodox boxer and it’s the right side that was injured, the arm has been in a sling for about 3 weeks now, and I suspect it will need another 2 to 3 weeks of wearing a sling before I can resume any sporting activities, I look forward to your reply. Keep smiling, PHIL
- Hey Phil, unfortunately I have no knowledge about this. Whatever your doctor says is a good start. And then professional trainers and cutmen can give you more advice about this. I do know that swimming is always a good rehab exercise.
24. What kind of diet, and conditioning workout should I do to get me into shape? I weigh 155lbs. – Shawn
- For beginners, check out my easy boxing workout. I’ll also have a diet plan coming out pretty soon that outlines the basic rules to eating correctly.
25. What do you think about taking emotions like aggression into the ring? – Lennart
- Great question. Many trainers always tell you to control your emotions but I find this to be especially hard if you’re not a robot monk. Imagine telling an artist to paint without emotion. I don’t see how someone can fight and express themselves without emotion. After all, boxing is as much an art as it is a science. I’ve fought with emotion before and it felt great. I fought like a possessed animal, fighting harder, punching harder, lasting longer, seeing my opponent quit was a feeling like no other. There have also been other times when my emotions clouded my mind and led me from one counter to another. When the fight was stopped, I felt like a real idiot. All I can say is, use your emotion to express yourself and strengthen your fighting spirit. Don’t let it control you and make you wreckless, causing you to lose fights.
- Have you ever seen a boxer cry after winning a title? That’s emotion. And he was fighting with it the whole time…I guess the key is controlled emotion.
26. What should I do when shorter fighters get inside? – Anthony
I have a long reach so keep my distance when fighting but I dont know what to do when my opponent gets inside.
- Have you read my guide to beating shorter fighters? Just clinch them, push them down, and crush them on the inside.
27. How to keep the hands up techniques and exercises? – Bobby
- Put a boxing glove under your right armpit as you shadowbox jabs into the air. This keeps the right elbow tight and down, which keeps the right hand up. You can also stick a tennis ball under your chin as you shadowbox, keeping your chin down. Every time you spar, dedicate a friend to screaming at you every time you drop your hand. Record a video of yourself sparring so you can see how often you drop your hands and how low you drop your hands. Most fighters don’t realize when they drop their hands as low as their chest.
28. Can I box for weight loss? – Ivan
Hell, my question has to do with boxing for weight loss. I am extremely overweight and was wondering how can joining a boxing gym benefit me? Is it safe for me to join? I weigh 280 and am only 5 feet 6 inches tall. I am able to move don’t get me wrong, I walk, hike and hit my heavy bag with different punching drills. But I’ve been wanting to join a boxing gym, it’s just intimidating. I guess my question is, would trainers mind a person there to lose weight and learn how to defend themselves as opposed to actually training to fight? If that makes sense. Your website has been a big help. Keep it up.
- Boxing is a great exercise for weight loss. As long as your trainers know you are looking to lose weight and not compete in boxing, you will get a great workout. Boxing is very fun and definitely keeps you motivated so you can reach your goals. Make sure you don’t end up sparring so hard that you get hurt or lose sight of your goals, which is to lose weight.
29. Can I get an amateur boxing license with a criminal record? – Alex
- I don’t know but I think it might be ok. I have seen many professionals with criminal records.
30. Am I too old to train boxing? – Dan
Hey man! im 29 and have been into boxing since a young age and understand alot of things however ive never had a trainer as none have been availabe but now a gym has opend in my area sodo you think im too old to start too join im worried ive given my self too many bad habits through training myself.
- Not too old at all. It’s never too late to undo the bad habits and begin to enjoy proper boxing technique.
- Check out this boxing post I made a while back: Am I Too Old to Start Boxing?
31. If you are doing two workouts a day and one of them is boxing training what would you recommend that second training be, cardio or weights are a combination of both? – Sebastian
- I would pick cardio every time. More specifically, core cardio.
32. What about a “the ultimate angle creating guide”? – Lennart
- Already written. Soon to be released!
33. How do I master the left hook, when I’m a long range fighter? – Anthony
- Learn to throw it over your opponent’s right hands. Also learn how to sneak it inside the opponent’s right, just as he pulls back his right to throw a cross. Also try throwing a vertical-fisted hook around his high guard. Use those long arms to reach around the guard or attempt left hook leads when he can’t reach you with a straight. Also try countering his jabs with a left hook.
34. Could you outline ten Sergio Martinez “tricks”? – Kryptonite
I see you’ve outlined Floyd and Pacquiao, But I feel he’s as skilled as floyd and as strong as pac, he’s my p4p king, so I’d like to have your eyes on him.
- I’ve following Sergio Martinez a lot lately. A very fun guy with lots of potshot tricks and distinct awkward movements. I can add him to my list but I don’t think I’ll be making those videos any time soon. There’s so many other great basics and advanced moves to demonstrate first.
- And then I’ll go back to outlining the pros to show readers how to use those moves.
35. Does it take more talent to be an amateur champion or an average pro-boxer? – Jesus
So i got a big question for you iv’e seen some free boxing fights on cable where they show fighters with bad records for example: 1-3, 0-2, 3-7, etc. there are some prospects of course, but my question is since there are so many pro’s with bad records does that mean any amateur can turn pro by just wanting to make a living from fighting. ive seen very talented amateur boxers most dont wanna turn pro. another question i want to ask you is, is it more important to have talent im talking golden gloves/ amateur champion with 25-1 record or little talent with a 10-1 record but the strive and love for boxing to make it a living and turn pro which one jonny?
- Yes anybody can be a “pro boxer” just by getting paid to fight. By technical definition, the word professional means that you are paid to do something. It doesn’t always mean that you are more skilled than the unpaid amateurs.
- You fight in the amateurs because you just want to fight and attend tournaments, you don’t get paid but at least you get to fight. In the pro’s, there’s all sorts of politics and people not working in your best interests to get you good fights– the only reason why any boxer puts up with this mess is because they want to get paid. Sure you get paid, when and if you do actually fight but quite often you’re being used to feed the popularity of another boxer or forced to take bad fights on undercards that nobody watches. Which one requires more skill? I would say it takes more talent to be an amateur champion than to be a professional loser.
36. Should I throw my left hook with the thumb up or horizontal? – Lennart
even though I already read your left hook guide I am not sure how to use my fist in it. I am not sure whether I should put my fist in a position where my thumb is up or horicontal.
Just a few months ago I broke my thumb with a left hook where i had my thumb horicotal but was unlocky blocked so the fist did not land to the knuckles but on my thumb…What do you prefer? Lennart
- I throw my left hooks both ways. I typically throw with the thumb up for sideways looping hooks when I want to throw around or inside my opponent’s guard. I throw with the thumb sideways when I’m t throwing a really tight hook or throwing it more like a left cross.
37. What weight class should I fight at? – Sven
My bodyweight is at the moment 69 kg, I’m really small in my weight class, I’m 16 years old, I have some bodyfat, but not that much anyways because I have abs. Can I go down to 64kg? Or should I stay in the 69kg division and grow? I’m 176cm.
- Fight at the lowest weight class you can drop down to HEALTHILY. Lose the weight healthy and once you’re too big, move up. In some cases, your weight class may be so tough and full of tall guys that you have no choice but to lose weight in order to stay competitive.
38. How is a speed bag and double-end bag more important than a heavy bag? – Jesus
You say you should spend more time on a speed and double end bag but my coach and I’m guessing every great coach says the heavy bag is needed way more than these.
- Ultimately, you’ll have to try both if you really want to know which is better for building YOUR fighting skills. I use to hit the heavy bag everyday because it was way more fun to hit than any of the other bags, but then I started complaining about my hands hurting after every heavy bag session and my trainers told me to stop hitting the bags and just look around. I saw that only the beginner fighters were banging on the bag. The experienced guys still do it every now and then, but not hard core. When the pros hit the heavy bag, they use it as a warm-up since it moves around and forces them to use their legs as they throw combination punches…which is something the other bags can’t do.
- My trainer explained very easily: if you need more power, work the heavy bag. If you already have power, work your speed, timing, and accuracy on the double-end bag and speed bag. The pros in my gym focused more on the double-end end bag but they still worked all the other bags regularly. After 10-20 years of fighting, these guys win their fights on skill, not power. I’m sure everyone still has to develop their power at some point on the heavy bag, especially during the beginner training.
- Most boxers I’ve seen in the gym hit hard enough already, not as hard as Mike Tyson, but hard enough to win fights…and so I recommend for everyone to go develop their other skills. This was something I believed in a long time ago and saw that it helped many others. In the long run, if you’re truly a big power-puncher, it’s just not possible to beat your hands against the heavy bag all day. The bag will eventually wear down the small bones in your hand which can lead to hairline fractures and inevitable hand damage. There was a pro that sat down with me trying to teach me how not to hit a heavy bag so much, and also how not to hit an opponent’s head so that his skull doesn’t break my hand.
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LOL! Sorry, Johnny N, I got carried away on the analization. I was thinking aloud so to speak…. I write a lot in my spare time. Anyway, I really appreciate your help on all this. I sparred with an old pro last weekend, and it was excactly like you said, he beat me on skill, not power. I could hit the guy, but it wasn’t square. He commenced in just straight up whooping me, man. Afterward, my body hurt. My jaw wouldn’t shut right. It was hard to chew food! But some reason, it was awsome just fighting the guy. The guy took me to school, and it was a blast. An awsome learning experience… Thanks again bra.
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How do I stop my punches always clashing with my opponents punches?
I started sparring a few months ago and the problem me and my sparring partner often have is that our arms always clash in the middle. We are never able to spar as fluidly as more experienced boxers at the gym, who’s punches never seem to clash against their opponents punches in the middle.
Another boxer saw our problem and told us we should block closer to our face, but thats not the problem…its when we both throw punches at the same time and they meet in the middle.
When our coach watches us spar, he just tells us to throw more punches, and throw them faster..which just seems to result in more punches clashing in the middle.
Any idea what we are doing wrong?
and any exercises we can work on to improve?
Punching issue :: I am Orthodox.
Hi Sir Johnny,
I made a video of my boxing workout to check that how do I perform. I have noticed some issues in my boxing.
1- When I throw powerful left hook my right hand drops down (too down and wide), I try to keep it up however it goes down.
2- My right straight punch does not come too quick though it is powerful, but it is little slow as I see.
3- When I throw right uppercut my left hand goes down and I am open.
So far I have applied the techniques what you taught and I could improve my skills.
Please guide me what should I do to overcome above mentioned issues.
Hey Johnny, I was wondering if you knew any tricks i could do, and if there is something i can practice alone to help me see punches coming and the opponents movement alittle better and be able to react to them, because I love counter fighting, but whenever i face one of those lighting fast kinda guys, which is common at 150 lbs, i have trouble seeing what they are throwing and usually just end up leaning back (like in Mayweather’s Pull Counter), or ducking so they miss, but it doesnt seem as useful as slipping or parrying, which i could do if i saw the attack better.
@DKL – “my jaw wouldn’t shut right”. You are a brave soldier.
@Matthew P – I think I know what you’re talking about. It’s when two guys try too hard to swipe away each other’s punches that they spend more time slapping each other’s gloves away than they do punching. Start by faking more, to get him to move his hand over…and when he does, you hit him. Also, it could be a style clash. I have a really annoying guy in my gym too who always manages to swipe away my punches with his forearms. He’ll block one shot, but then swipe the next. It’s bad technique but it works against me for whatever reason and so he uses it all the time.
@Amit – 1. this is a dangerous mistake and one of the most common. You have to practice more and more, also have your trainer slap you in the face when you throw left hooks. 2. decrease the power and give it more speed. When you hit the heavy bag, focus on breathing in smaller faster breath. This will increase your punching speed and overall quickness of hand. 3. make sure your left glove is touching your forehead when you throw that right uppercut. If you don’t feel the contact, you’re probably wide open.
@Mac – spar really REALLY slow. This will teach you how to see things that you wouldn’t normally see. The problem with people sparring too fast is that the only cues they know for feeling a punch is when the punch is already headed towards them. If you spar slower, you will learn to pick up earlier cues for when a punch is coming. You will learn how to see and feel a right cross or left hook, etc…in the earlier stages of its movement. Do it with a beginner even. And see how early you can detect his punch and respond SLOWLY. When you respond to his punch, make sure you pay attention to the rest of his body, not just the part that is moving.
Thanks for the solution. I will surely implement it now onwards. As I have got many benifits from your super coaching.
jkdwarrior3 aka fightrguy
I love the Teofilo video, especially at 3:01 which looks like the Bloody Cross counter from hjmni. 🙂 Also noticed Teo draws his cross back with his shoulder before he throws it, but he disguises it with his lead jab. He also maintains a back and forth rhythm bounce that kinda gives his jab away, but he uses the jab like its supposed to be used: a rhythm disrupt-er, blinder, balance disturber, irritation, range finder, active defense. NOT a power punch. so he gets away with that, great basic skills and counters. all around good.
This question isn’t so much about the article, but about you Johnny. Do you ever see yourself going pro in the future? Because you have a ton of knowledge on the sport, and I get the feeling you really enjoy it, as any boxer should.
@Kyle – this is such an awesome question. I’ve been meaning to write something like this for my about page. I actually did have dreams for competition many years ago…but gave it up when I saw how jaded competitive boxing is. You have to train hundreds of hours, make weight, getting robbed by the judges, boxers fighting dirty. It took me a long time to realize that I loved fighting, not training. But once I did, I enjoyed boxing so much more. I didn’t have to worry about “winning techniques”, I was able to learn as many techniques and boxing styles as I wanted.
Can you imagine if the goal of working was solely for the purpose of making money? You would hate your job, hate working, and maybe even hate life. You have to enjoy what you do, not just be focused on “winning” or other end goals. I enjoyed boxing and fighting, I didn’t enjoy learning new “tricks” to score stray points. I didn’t believe in destroying my body’s health to squeeze down to the lowest possible in order to have an advantage, or even up the advantage in weight. Many fighters went to competition because that was the only way they would ever get to fight anybody new. Coming from a big gym, I never had that problem. I was in direct compact with top amateurs and professionals everyday, so I never felt like I missed out in exposure to higher level boxers.
Without the pressure to bring home trophies and medals, I was allowed to enjoy boxing for what it truly was…a beautiful art. This is what allows me to box year after year and not get tired of the sport. Not competiting is what allows me to stay in love with the sport and still have time and energy to write the boxing guides.
Can. I still become a boxer after brakeing my collar bone shaterd my eye socket and fractured my scull
Martin, those are serious injuries. I would go to a doctor for an opinion. Nonetheless I’ve heard of pro boxers healing from similar injuries and still able to compete at a world class level.
Dear Sir Johnny,
Great website..I am going to have a match with a big guy around 89 kgs. I am 72 kgs and will hit 75 kgs by the time of the fight.
Can you give me some tips on how I could use my weight to my advantage.
Hey Victor, here’s a cool trick you can try. Come up to the big guy and give him a little push. When you flick that jab into his face see if you can add a push with it. If you can’t reach his face, see if you can reach his shoulder. When he tries to push back into you, just walk backwards and let him fall through. See if you can do it over and over to tire him out or frustrate him. Hopefully, you get it. Hahaha.
Hey, im a female boxer ..well i hope to be one day, im just 14 and i wanted to ask you is there any articles for woman boxing around here, on this site cause i didn’t find any. I train boxing for a couple od months, and im thinking about getting in the ring before i get to 18, do you think i should do that? And just one more thing, how can i improve my defense skills,cause i know how to punch good but my defense techniques suck, i can’t defense myself, my reflexes are so bad.
Thanks a lot
I have a question that’s kind of off topic. Does it matter how hard you hit the heavy bag when training? I know that its recommended to hit it light and make that popping sound for training purposes, but if you wanted to , Can you go full force on it as long as you’re wearing handwrapsand gloves? Or can that result in injury?
You can hit the bag as hard as you want. I’m not saying to hit it light, I’m saying to learn how to throw hard punches with low effort. But of course, this only happens if you first learn how to throw light on the bag. Regarding injury, you’ll definitely hurt yourself if you haven’t mastered the technique and/or don’t know how to wrap your hands and wear proper gloves.
I will have a fight in a month and I have to loose 2-3 kg. My trainer wants me to fight in the middleweight because I had my first fight ther also. So now my weight is 77 or sometimes 78kg and I’m 187cm tall.
So is it possible to loose these kilos because I don’t have bodyfat and I’m already very fit. How can I loose them?
I would be very grateful if you could reply me fast
Regards from Luxembourg
Sorry Michel, you asked Johnny, but I will share my experience on losing weight as well. First of all, I don’t think you need to lose weight, and I believe with your hight of 187 cm your ideal weight for amateur boxing would be 81 kg., but OK. One month to lose 3 kg is a lot of time, you can lose them in two weeks, or just in one week before the fight but with the help of diuretic pills. If you lose too early, you will have to keep that weight and that is very hard and unpleasant, if you lose those 3 kg just before the fight you might feel weak… The main receipt is skipping evening meals completely, lots of water, and just before you go to bed eat a whole lemon, of course without sugar. I would personally after eating lemon before going to sleep lose about one kilogram per night. Try and you will see how it is going, if you lose easily, then you can even eat a little bit for evening meals, if you struggling to lose weight you may even have to limit amount of drinking water day before the fight. If you already lean there is always a price to pay for losing weight before the fight, and I remember I hated it a lot. Hope it helps
Thank you very much Antonio. I will try this and thanks for replying so fast
After body fat, the only thing left to lose is water weight. The trick is to do this 24 hours before the fight. I have a diet guide coming out that can help but otherwise, you might be reaching your body’s physical limits.
Ok thank you. But is that sure that I can loose them just before the fight without feeling week? And the weight in will be like 4pm an the fights start at 6pm so if I eat a little at 12pm is that ok not that I will be 1kg to heavy because of the lunch? And if I don’t eat anything I would feel weak for the fight
There’s a limit of how much you can lose. Everyone’s body is different. Of course you’ll have to eat light. And you should definitely eat something.
HI, well I’m a big guy 190 height and I box in heavy weight division, the main problem is that my style is brawling exactly like george foreman but my coach has a problem with in and he wants me to out fight and always get away exactly like muhammad ali, and work on LEFT RIGHT combinations and he wants me to do extensive foot work and I DO NOT LIKE THAT, I LIKE TO BOX AT CLOSE RANGE AND ALWAYS CHASE MY OPPONENT AND SCARE HIM, NOW the other thing is puncher style because I don’t seem to find any difference between these 2???!?!?!?!, my only problem is picking my style, CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH PICKING UP MY STYLE??? WHICH ONE IS IT GOING TO BE??? BOXER, PUNCHER, BRAWLER????????????? THANKSSSSSS
Don’t worry about the style stuff. Do what comes natural to you and that’ll be your style. Having a name for it doesn’t matter so much.
well thanks johnny it’s just because of different training programs, anyway I had another questions, I read something about back hand defense in this web site well I used to use it and it was horrible because I was always getting hit with overhand rights!!! but I looked at floyd mayweather and I notice that he uses his shoulder to block the right hand strikes, do you find shoulder block effective in back hand defense ??
Everything can be effective at different times. Switch things up and see what works for you.
I have a problem, see I work very hard and actually I have a very good condition, but I have the problem that after some rounds my punches don’t come so fast anymore and I can’t touch my opponent as good as before. But I could keep on fighting because my condition is very good, in fact during my fights my opponents were much more tired than me during the last round. You know I run a lot or do sprints beside the training at the gym, to have a good condition but when I’m doing sparring for 6 or 8 rounds I get tired fast, it’s mostly my arms who feel heavy. I don’t get it why because I think I have a good condition? So what could I do to train this that my hands can keep on going all over the fight without getting tired?
Thanks if you could help me
You need more speed bag work and more shadow boxing. It also helps to relax more. Try to fight using only 50-70% effort for your punches.
It’s me again, I have a little problem or maybe a bigger problem. See I’m boxing now for 2 years and I would say I’m kind of a good fighter, I am still undefeated and I am the luxembourgish champion. But my trainers keeps complaining that there are basic things that I do wrong, for example my biggest problem is my damn guard I don’t keep it up. I try to do but they always drop, it’s not that the problem is physically my atms are strong enough to box many rounds without getting tired in my arms thank to your advice you gave me once. So what is it that I can’t keep my arms up how can I improve on this?
Thanks you are a great help with your site
Watch videos of your fights and see why your hands are dropping. Either they’re dropping because you’re not aware of their position, or because the way you stand makes it hard to keep the hands up, or because you’re strategically placing your hands in the attack position.
Even trained boxers drop their hands more often than you think. The real problem is when you’re not aware of it, and you get caught.
Michael A. Baker
THIS IS IN CAPS SO NO ONE GETS CONFUSED ON WHAT IM TRYING TO SAY AND IM NOT YELLING IT EITHER
IM 5 FOOT 7 AND I WEIGH ANYWHERE BETWEEN 235 UP TO 277 AND IVE NEVER BEEN IN A FIST FIGHT.
HERES A LITTLE HISTORY…
WHILE I WAS AT WORK I HAD THIS CO WORKER CONSTANTLY PUNCH ME IN THE ARM HARD AND FOR NO REASON WELL ONE DAY WE WERE BOTH STANDING THERE AND HE STARTS PUNCHING ME AND I TELL HIM TO STOP AND HE KEEPS ON UNTIL ONE OF MY CO WORKERS COMES AROUND THE CORNER AND SAYS “RETURN THE FAVOR” SO I HIT HIM IN THE ARM IN THE CHEST AND JABBED HIM ON THE CHIN AND BUSTED HIS LIP AND MY CO WORKER BREAKS US UP AND HE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS ARE YOU OK AND IM LIKE YEA WHEN I COME TO BECAUSE APPARENTLY I BLACK OUT WHEN I FIGHT IM ON MY TIPPY TOES WITH A FIST UP IN THE AIR LIKE I WAS GETTING READY TO BEAT HIS ASS…
WELL THE NEXT DAY ME AND HIM BECOME BEST FRIENDS
MY OLDER BROTHER WAS ALWAYS THE ONE TO GET INTO FIGHTS AND IS WELL NONE FOR IT
ME ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE NO FIGHTING EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER
I TELL PEOPLE THAT IVE NEVER BEEN INTO A FIST FIGHT AND THERE LIKE THATS GOOD STAY LIKE THAT AND IT PISSES ME OFF BECAUSE IF IM IN A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSE TO DEFEND MYSELF LET ALONE PROTECT ANY OF MY LOVED ONES
THIS IS MY QUESTION….
IF LEARNING TO FIGHT IS GOOD HOW CAN I NOT KNOW HOW TO FIGHT BE ANY BETTER?
Fighting and boxing are two separate things. Although, learning how to box will definitely make you a better fighter. I would suggest going to a gym and see if you like it.
I’m 5’4 and I’m 126 pounds is that a good height to fight in or should I try to go down to 119 were there more my Height
What your age
How old are I angel
Can anyone tell strategies or technique on how to beat tall runners in boxing? My little brother whose taller than me always beats me with his fade defense and his long reach.
I want to start amateur boxing but need some help if I’m going to fight in a club do i need my own gloves and headgear or would they provide them ? Also how are the hand wraps are they 180 wraps?
Some gyms will provide community ones but they’ll usually be sweaty and gross. You buy your own when you know for sure you’re gonna stick with it.
Whenever I see a video posted of girls wrestling or boxing boys, the girls win. Does this reflect reality? Do girls regularly beat boys in wrestling and boxing? What are the statistics? Thanks.
Hmmm…I’m curious to see these videos myself.
They must exist somewhere unless women alway really win, except in the Somchai Jaidee/Lucia Rijker fight, but that was long time ago.
I just have a quick question. When I throw a hook I naturally turn my thumb on a 45 degree angle. I’ve always been told its wrong but I find I have more power. Is it my footwork? I’m comfortable with it but being critiqued. Am I wrong on this one?
My name is Lionel btw. Any outside feedback is greatly appreciated
Could I ask you some brief questions, please? In which fight have you succeeded, which games have you played internationally or any locally? ( Names -please) what Belts have you obtained?
Which Boxing Equipment is necessary for Boxing Training?
Do you provide Boxing Classes? What timetable or routine is most important to learn , anything off hand ?
I have a non infectious skin diseases can i still be a boxer?