Boxing Tactics: What You Need to Know to Emerge Victorious

Author: Jomathews


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You know what your opponent is going to do before they even throw the punch. You’ve seen this combination a thousand times, and you’re ready for it. You slip their jab and counter with a right cross that snaps their head back. Seconds later, they are on wobbly legs, trying desperately to stay upright while you stalk them with your fists up, ready to strike again if needed. If only real boxing was so simple! In reality, things don’t always play out like in the movies or when we practice in the gym. Sometimes our opponents surprise us with an unconventional attack that catches us off guard and almost costs us the match. These unexpected moments are exactly why boxing is such a complex sport – there is no one “best way” of winning every fight, but rather it depends on which techniques work best at different points in the match.

 

What you need to know to win in boxing

 

All the techniques we mention in this article are useful, but you need to know when to use which techniques. This will depend on how your opponent is moving, what type of punches they are throwing, and how your body is feeling. You need to pay attention to the match and react accordingly. This may sound overwhelming, but with a bit of practice and patience, it can be learned by anyone. Another important aspect of boxing is knowing your opponent’s fighting style. Not only do you need to know what type of boxer they are (i.e., counter puncher, swarmer, etc.), but also what type of fighter they are outside the ring. Do they have a strong left hook, or prefer to throw jabs from the outside? Are they slow but powerful fighters or quick and agile on their feet? Knowing the type of fighter your opponent is will help you plan your attack.

 

Footwork is key

 

This may seem like an obvious one, but in boxing, footwork is everything. Without a strong base and solid footwork, you’ll be unable to defend yourself against powerful combinations or even win a clinch! Footwork is crucial for two reasons: defense and mobility. For starters, a weak or faulty base will make it much harder to defend against your opponent’s punches. A strong base enables you to move your upper body swiftly while keeping your feet stationary. This allows you to easily pivot to the right or left while simultaneously using your hips to shift your upper body in the opposite direction. To maintain a strong base, keep your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your knees bent at all times. You should be able to squat and hold this position without falling over. If you are unable to do so, then you are either not keeping your feet close enough together or not bending your knees enough.

 

Defense is just as important as offense

 

Let’s be honest, no opponent will let you hit them as much as you want to. They are trained to block, parry, and avoid your punches at all costs. Even if you land a few jabs, it will feel like you’re hitting a brick wall. Of course, you’ll want to throw plenty of jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and crosses, but don’t rely solely on your offense. Mix in plenty of defensive techniques as well. Keep your hands up whenever you’re not punching or moving toward your opponent. This will help you block most punches that come your way. It’s also important to keep your elbows close to your body. This will help to protect your face, ribs, kidneys, and even groin.

 

Learn how to throw a hook and uppercut

 

Both the hook and uppercut are extremely powerful punches that can end the fight in a matter of seconds. A hook is a wide-arced punch that connects with the outside of your hand and can be thrown from either your lead or rear hand. It’s a great technique to use when your opponent is just out of striking range. An uppercut, on the other hand, is a short and powerful punch thrown with your lead hand that connects with the inside of your wrist. It’s great for knocking someone off their feet or cutting off the blood flow to the brain, resulting in dizziness or even a knockout. When throwing either one of these punches, make sure that your body is rotated toward the opponent. This will help you generate more power. You should also keep your hips forward when throwing these punches to keep your lower body from shifting backward.

 

Throw more than just jabs

 

The jab is a powerful and versatile technique that can be used by both amateur and professional boxers. It can be used to set up combinations, control the distance between you and your opponent, and even cut off the ring. We’ve already discussed how you should use the jab to set up combinations, so for this article, let’s focus on controlling the distance and cutting off the ring. You can use your jab to control the distance between you and your opponent by slowly extending your arm while simultaneously taking a small step backward with your lead foot. You should extend your jab far enough to reach your opponent but not so far that they can easily reach it. This will help you maintain a safe distance between you and your opponent while also forcing them to take a step back if they want to reach you. This will give you a slight advantage in terms of positioning. You can also use the jab to cut off the ring. This will force your opponent to circle the ring to get back to you. While this can be extremely disorienting and even cause your opponent to fall, it takes a bit of time. If you can successfully cut off the ring, your opponent will be unable to reach you for a few seconds. During this time, you should be looking for an opening to land a combination or use your footwork to set them up for a cut-off attempt again.

 

Use the ring to your advantage

 

Not only do some people think boxing is a blood sport, but it also happens in a small ring in the middle of a sports arena. The ring itself can provide you with a slight advantage, especially if your opponent is not accustomed to fighting in one. We’ve already talked about how you can use the jab to control the distance and cut off the ring. You can also use the corners of the ring to your advantage by forcing your opponent to stand directly in front of one of the corners. While they are in between rounds or waiting for you to get ready, move to the corner farthest away from them and get as close to the ropes as you can. While they are in the middle of the ring, this will force them to turn around and walk towards you, which takes time. This can be crucial when you need a few seconds to catch your breath or recover from a strong blow.

 

Conclusion

 

Boxing is a complex and challenging sport. If you’ve ever stepped into a boxing ring, you know how difficult it is to maintain your composure and stay focused. The fight itself lasts only a few minutes, but the preparation leading up to it can take months or even years. This is why it’s so important to understand the sport and what you need to know to win. The best way to do this is to practice, practice, and practice some more. Once you’ve perfected your technique in the gym, you can apply what you’ve learned and try it out for real when you step into the ring. There is no magic formula for winning a boxing match. It takes hard work, patience, and practice to get there. If you want to become a better boxer, you need to be willing to put in the work.


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