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The Beginner's Guide On Boxing As A Southpaw

Jan 2


In boxing, there are orthodox boxers and southpaws. There are many reasons why boxers may decide to be southpaw. One reason is that they are naturally left-handedness. This would put their dominant hand to the rear which gives them greater power.


It is also a reason why that many boxers opt for the southpaw stance. The dominant foot of yours is typically just in front of the dominant hand, making the footwork much easier.


Southpaw boxing can be difficult initially, and there are many gymnasiums that teach them how to mimic the techniques of an orthodox boxer. Although some of the methods are similar, a few strategies, angles, and techniques are specific to southpaws when facing conventional boxers.




Let's start with stance. How you stand determines the definition of a stance. Different sports require different postures. Southpaws prefer to take a more open posture against an orthodox boxer. If two boxers of orthodoxy meet, they often create an open stance.


Open stance situations are rarer than closed-stance contests which is why very few boxers of the traditional style train to achieve proficiency in it after kickboxing classes denver. Southpaws however are more adept at taking an open stance because they are able to fight orthodox boxers. This is a major factor in the so-called southpaw advantage.


Open stances require a variety of movements and angles. Boxers need to master, or at a minimum, modify both in order to master in the boxing ring.


Certain boxers prefer keeping one foot on the floor, while others prefer to keep their feet on the toes of both feet. Both are fine as long as you are able to keep your weight evenly balanced fifty-fifty across your feet.




After understanding how to get in a southpaw stance, choose on the kind of guard you prefer to use. Always begin with the base high guard, but you can also experiment with other guards, like the long-length extended guard, or the cross-arm guard.


The long guard will keep your opponent at arm's length while you load your backhand. But the cross-arm guard can limit the distance while you load the lead hand.




As a southpaw, you need to take the outside angle, by moving your lead foot to the right of the lead foot of your opponent. In this position the left hand is split to split your opponent's guard, lining up with their chin. Manny Pacquiao often used this angle to counter an opponent's punches by making a quick left turn.


A majority of traditional boxers will be fighting for the angle that is outside. This is why the lead foot is crucial for open-stance matches. While the outside angle is dominant but the inside angle gives an opportunity for punching with your lead hook and jab.




The three most basic punches of a southpaw include the cross, jab and lead hook. In this video below, Tony Jeffries, an Olympic medalist, demonstrates how to perform it. If you are a southpaw, you'll throw your lead hook, then jab your right hand followed by your cross with your left.


Be aware that as you throw lead hooks or jabs move with your left foot and turn your hips counterclockwise in order to throw punches. To cross, take an inch using your left foot, and rotate your hips clockwise.


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