Originally Posted by atigerofold
Good post Swingin !
You are so right with the statement that there are so many types of jabs...thrown in a huge variety of styles and ways.......as to overcommitting with the jab...it is essential that you never do.... and one's decision making is often the self talk of "yes" "no" to the umdy-dozen-thousands. But at the same time, great confidence is gained by throwing that block buster of a left jab; chin behind the shoulder, right glove rigidly protecting the chin, back foot moving up and near to the heel of the front foot, ready to lever that punch through to the back of an opponents head.....timing must be perfect....the jab must be thrown at faster than lightening speed......the feet must be set in place for that beez **** of a second. It is not a case of closing your eyes and hoping you hit either, it is a calculated, farking hard block buster, not a token flick out that can be brushed aside, or right countered....... The practise also requires a beez **** of thinking, waiting, waiting, then when the time is right, it is thrown so hard and fast that it hits your opponent before any counters can hit you. Sounds like I am skyting, but seriously, this is tested in this fashion when sparring,and any flaws are picked up there. The spars are intense and savage also.
I used to spar Mattioli, and I picked up on his left block-buster skill.....Ambrose never taught me the 'science' of Mattioli's left jab, it was just so farking obvious that Rockys left jabs were never able to be brushed aside, and caused an immense amount of pain and bother when they hit home.. It made me study his left jab with intensity, watching his timing, his movement, all the power going to where it was finally needed, and he rapidly entered the punch zone and launched those jabs so savagely. Pure and utter violence, but done so sweetly.
i was a no one, just a crowd pleasing amature. i was left handed that fought orthadox. my trainer didnt like 'paw paws'....i believe he made the wrong decision in me going orthadox.....no matter.
so i had a good jab, a decent left hook, and pretty good timing. i never had much of a right hand.
but when you 'stand' on a jab, as an opponent comes in, and yours lands first, with perfect timing, you can feel the whole weight of their body run down your arm, to your shoulder, back and legs. its like a load hanging on the end of your arm for a split second.
good fighters can KO you with a jab. timing. all timing and speed. its like walking into a half opened door....i never KO'D someone with a jab alone. i dropped a couple. but trevor thornberry KO'D a fighter or two with a jab. just great timing, strenght and speed. i think trevor was a left handed orthadox also?
one thing in hindsight that i should have focussed on, was the double jab. i believe its one of the most unused weapons in a fighters ****nal. so often the second jab will land, and give an opportunity for a right hand. even now, its rare to see a fighter use double jabs occaisionally throughout a fight.
also, i think you mention an uppercut lead? jersey joe beat won the heavy title with an uppercut lead. 1st punch he threw in the 9th i think. it was a left, not a right though, like you suggested. man, joe was a craftsman. his footwark was the most amazing thing to watch. such a conservation of effort. hollyfield was good also, but jersey joe didnt bounce, he had the best footwork of any fighter ive ever seen.