Boxing Tecniques

Boxing Techniques – The Jab

The first punch a boxer will learn is the Jab. The jab is your “Bread and butter” punch and should be practiced over and over again.
The Jab can be used to keep your opponent at a distance and to score points at long range or medium range, not only scoring points and discouraging your opponents from moving in but it also sets him up for a powerful right cross.

Most Trainers will tell their fighters to “Fight from behind the jab”.

Start in a boxer’s stance, both fists relaxed and palms facing each other, your right hand closest to your chin and your left hand approx 4 inches in front, (opposite for southpaws).
The jab is thrown with the leading hand in a straight line towards your target and it comes back in a straight line to your chin. As the jab leaves the guard, the fist gradually clenches, rotates a quarter notch (palm facing downwards) and is fully clenched just before impact.
DO NOT make the common mistake of dropping your right hand when you throw the jab because you will leave an opening for a left hook counter.

The jab is the busiest punch in boxing, although not considered to be a power punch, it can cause a lot of damage over the course of a bout.
A boxer can learn to “Stiffen” his jab by turning his hips with the punch and stepping in as it is delivered.

author : Claude Evans – UK Boxing store
The Right Cross

The right cross will soon become your favourite punch because this punch is thrown from your preferred hand which is usually the strongest.

From the guard position, the right cross is thrown in a straight line to the target and comes back in a straight line to the chin. Unlike the jab which is more of an arm punch, the right cross is powered by a twisting motion of the torso and pivoting of the right foot.
As the punch accelerates, twist your hips and pivot on your right foot so your right heel swings outwards.

The right cross is a power punch but because of the weight transfer it can also leave you exposed without a boxer’s stance for a split second. This is why it is important to return back to guard as quick as possible.

You should never lead with your right cross – instead, probe your opponents defences with your jabs, create an opening then throw your right cross with power.

Practice the right cross on the heavy bag, using a light left jab to measure the distance, after the heavy bag, move onto a more mobile target like the focus pads, concentrate on maintaining your balance as the punch makes contact.

Keep practising and remember to visit UK Boxing Store for quality boxing equipment.

author : Claude Evans – UK Boxing store

Left Hook and Right Uppercut

The Left hook and the right uppercut from an Orthodox stance


The left hook is technically one of the most difficult punches to learn, but if correctly executed it can be a powerful weapon , whether used at medium to full range, to the head or body.

The punch starts with a weight transfer to the left side, the left elbow is brought up almost parallel to the floor so that the arm forms a sort of hook shape ; your left palm should be facing downwards, at the same time, pivot on the ball of your left foot, left heel facing outwards, your left leg and torso turning sharply to the right. Hit through the target.
Note that the arm does not move independently, it is powered by the leg, hips and back in a twisting motion.

The hook is a difficult punch to defend against because it is thrown from outside the line of your opponents vision.
When throwing the left hook, remember to keep your right hand up and recover your left hand back to guard.


The uppercut is a very useful close/medium range punch. It is delivered straight up inside your opponent’s guard.
The uppercut is also a favoured punch for a tall fighter against a much smaller crouching opponent.
At medium range the uppercut can be a devastating counter punch.

Transfer your weight slightly to your right hand side, dip your knees slightly so your right elbow nears your hip, rotate your fist (palm facing yourself), without cocking your arm back, propel the punch upwards by twisting your torso ( right side of your body), accelerate, contact and recover to guard.

Care must be taken not to “telegraph” the punch.

Note for southpaws
If you are left handed or prefer to box with the right foot forward, reverse the instructions where applicable.

Keep practising and remember UK Boxing store for your quality boxing gloves and boxing equipment.

author : Claude Evans – UK Boxing store

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Boxing Gloves

Boxing training can be a great way to socialise, exercise, maintain and improve your fitness levels.
Having the right kind of equipment is essential.

Boxing gloves come in a variety of sizes, materials and colours.

Leather gloves are recommended for training, although leather may cost a little extra, they will last longer. For fitness classes, this may not be an issue, but for punching the heavy bag, focus pads and even sparring it is more important.

For professional boxing, you will see gloves tied on with laces, this provides a snug fit for the boxers. For training purposes in the gym, Velcro wrist straps are more popular as you can easily put the gloves on and remove them yourself, with laced boxing gloves, you will need someone around to put them on and take them off.

Having the right size gloves is also important.

The weight of boxing gloves range from 10 – 22 ounces.
Children’s boxing gloves range from 4 – 8 ounces.
Ladies Boxing / training gloves range from 8, 10, 12oz with 10oz being the most popular.
Men’s Boxing / training gloves range from 12, 14, 16oz
The heavier the glove, the more protection it offers.
Sparring gloves range from 16, 18, 20 and 22oz.
In a professional boxing match, the fighters usually wear 8oz or 10oz gloves.

When training, always wear hand-wraps to provide extra protection for your knuckles, wrists and the small bones in your hand.

Never use worn out gloves, try to change your boxing gloves at the first signs of wear.

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves – Black, 14 oz

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Boxing Quotes

“Ali was primarily a brilliant ring strategist. A prodigy in his youth whose fast hands and feet made him virtually impossible to hit. What joy in the young Ali: in the inimitable arrogance of a heavyweight, who danced about his puzzled opponents with his gloves at waist level, inviting them to hit him – to try it.”

“In no other sport is the connection between performer and observer so intimate, so frequently painful, so unresolved.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“You need the whole package – boxing, interval training, weights, nutrition, rest, everything. I combine all of them together so I can become like a machine up in that ring.” – Oscar De La Hoya

“A champion shows who he is by what he does when he’s tested. When a person gets up and says ‘I can still do it’, he’s a champion.” – Evander Holyfield

“It is wonderful. It truly is. It is the only thing that is real! It’s you against me, it’s challenging another guy’s manhood. With gloves. Words cannot describe that feeling – of being a man, of being a gladiator, of being a warrior. It’s irreplaceable.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

“The Glory is the issue to me. Money comes and goes, but a legacy stays forever. I hate to lose” – Shane Mosley

“I’ll be glad to see him coming into the ring because that’s where it gets hard, where whatever you say doesn’t mean a thing and you have to be honest and just fight.” – Lennox Lewis

“If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove. That’s all I am. I live it.” – Marvin Hagler…

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