Boxing combinations are more than simply a series of punches.
Strategy is needed even for something as basic as swinging your arms around. First you’ll need punches to open up your opponent. Then you’ll need punches to take advantage of the openings.
But what punches should you be throwing?
And in what order?
And where do you aim them?
Learn how the basic boxing combination works.
What is the Basic Punch Combo?
The basic boxing combination:
Jab, right cross, left hook, right cross. (1-2-3-2)
Watch my video to see how I throw the basic punch combo.
1. The JAB sets it up
The jab is your number one punch. It’s your longest and fastest weapon, making it perfect for starting every combination. Although it doesn’t do much damage, it doesn’t leave you as vulnerable to counters either. This is why you should probe your oppponent with the jab and not commit to anything else until you see an opening. Just about every coach you meet will say:
Everything comes off the jab.
Using the JAB
- Use the jab to create openings for your right cross.
- Throw it straight at your opponent’s face.
- Or throw it as his body.
- Or throw it anywhere else to feint him and make him shift his guard.
2. The RIGHT CROSS causes the damage
The right cross, usually thrown from your dominant hand, is easily your strongest punch and flows naturally after the jab. Although it leaves you a little more vulnerable, the right cross has best power and reach of any punch. For many fighters, an effective 1-2 combination is all they really need.
The right cross is your longest power punch.
Using the RIGHT CROSS
- Throw it right after the jab.
- Aim it at the head or body.
- The right cross is to hurt your opponent.
3. The LEFT HOOK opens the side angle
The left hook naturally follows the right cross, giving you the first power punch from your lead hand.
The left hook is particularly dangerous because it comes from a side angle making it harder to see and harder to defend. It’s speed can surprise many because the front hand is closer to the opponent. The side angle can cause more damage because it increases the likelihood of your punch turning your opponent’s head which increases the concussive effect. Because of your boxing stance, the left hook is also the most effective punch for targeting the body.
The drawback is that the left hook doesn’t have great range and can leave you vulnerable when you miss. Then again, that’s why you don’t throw this punch until the opportunity is presented. The tricky left hook is most useful when you’re in range of the opponent and have a punching rhythm established.
The left hook is dangerous
because of it’s tricky side angle and versatility.
Using the LEFT HOOK
- The left hook causes damage after the right cross.
- The left hook can open him up if he blocks your first couple punches.
- The left hook can target the head or body.
4. The RIGHT CROSS finishes the combination
Finish up all your combinations with the right hand. As long as you’re looking to attack rather than to defend, it should be natural to finish all your combinations with your best power punch.
- The jab opens him up.
- The right cross causes damage.
- The left hook opens up a second attack angle.
- The right cross hurts him again.
- And if you like…add more punches at the end such as a jab to establish range again, or even another power punch.
Master the basic punch combo,
then start creating your own.
Right now your goal is to memorize and practice this combo. With time, you’ll learn how to change little details to make it more effective. You’ll learn why it’s natural and why it works so well. Whether beginner or advanced, everyone uses this basic punch combo.
In a few days, I’ll release another guide to teach you how to create your own killer punching combinations.