Originally Posted by Stonehands89
Bruce Lee was very well read on these matters and he said that same thing. I bet he got that information from Dempsey's book. Watch the way he moves in his last few movies, watch his moves. He picked that up from Ali, who he would watch on TV in a mirror because he was a southpaw. Bruce was a mimic.
Anyway, you want to be loose. If you're all clenched up, you're tense, and if you're tense, you become like glass -easy to shatter. You're shots slow down too, and you do too once you get tired, which you will. Soon.
Loose punching doesn't mean sloppy punching. You rely less on using your arm like a baseball bat and more on physics. Foot placement, slightly bent at the knees, foot pivot, thrust forward, a snap of the hips, loose delivery, crack at the end of the punch. Those are good ideas to hit hard and fast.
Let's look into the mind of Freddie Brown (who was the man really behind Duran's mechanics). Duran was a sucker for the left hook. So, what does Brown do? He makes damn sure that Duran's right is locked on the side of his jaw like you see. Not only that, but he also knows that Duran, like most fighters, habitually drop that right when mixing it up. That's why every now and then you'll see Duran on film with his right glove looking like it's itching his jaw. It looks like a tic, but I'll bet that Brown told him that he wanted to see that glove itching his jaw. Sounds silly, but he gave Duran a habit that worked.
Now, shift over to Saturday night. There's Macklin with his right hand directly in front of his chin. Why? That's McGirt. McGirt knows that Martinez counters jabs by dipping to his right and then jamming in a straight left off of your jab. That placement can be a foil to that.
If you watch fighters from the golden era, you see that more often than the right glove on the side. Why? It usually made more sense.
What's the quickest way to get from point A to point B? A straight line. By having your right in front of your chin you can pick off a right cross easier and land your right quicker.
It ain't always so. If you're fighting Joe Frazier, you shift that right to the side and keep it there unless you'd like your head to be watching the fight from the 5th row.
You're right about that. Bruce Lee did indeed mention in his notes that he learned from Jack Dempsey's book, namely that straight jolt Jack talks about in the early chapters.
So I'm getting that basically the most common way AND right way (most of the time, is to move the hand in front) but there are exceptions.
And that punching form should be loose because not only does it give more power at the end of it, but (our own John Garfield mentioned this) keeping tight fists when punching makes hands go numb very quickly.
When Demspey talks about mixing it up his own book, he says the arms should be proplled by the shoulders one after the other like as he puts it "handle bars of a bycicle." He also mentions to bring the punch back as the other fist goes back out. Guess now I see why he was adamant about that. ("...most fighters, habitually drop that right when mixing it up."
Dempsey seemed to have very interesting (some, original) ideas. The jolt, defence etc. also talks about shovel hooks, first time I heard that term. All great stuff though.