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Old 01-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default Getting inside when your opponent has a reach advantage?

I was wondering if anyone here has tips for getting inside when you're up against an opponent who has a significant height/reach advantage. Currently I am having a really hard time with this, especially when they are fighting defensively and keeping me outside with the jab. I can usually get a bunch of body shots in, and if they drop their hands to protect the body I can sometimes effectively follow it up with a hook to the head; however, if they don't drop their hands I have an especially hard time getting head shots in. Anyone have suggestions for getting inside control?
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Getting inside when your opponent has a reach advantage?

Head movement combined with relentless pressure.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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Default Re: Getting inside when your opponent has a reach advantage?

Aim higher on the heavybag than you normally would when youre training on it. So if you typically punch the meaty middle part, try to focus on just punching up more, so the top of the bag becomes the head and the middle becomes the body. That and just spar with as many lanky folks as you can to get used to it. And study Montell Griffin, Dwight Qawi
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Default Re: Getting inside when your opponent has a reach advantage?

If your timings good and your quicker than them, then you can
jab to the body and still fight on the outside, but as mentioned
above - relentless pressure, that seems to be the best way.

Dont give them space to use their reach, if you have shorter arms,
it makes more sense to fight an inside game - where hooks and uppercuts
are more to your advantage to use.

The hardest part is to get inside, head movement and even feints can
be handy. Its alright to take a shot to get inside, but make the most
of it while your inside - with hooks and uppercuts to the body and head.
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