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Old 10-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Im having trouble sparring a southpaw who has long reach

So hes not slow, has a range advantage, and a height advantage, and a weight advantage, and mixes up coming forward imposing his jab cross on me or going back when I try to come forward again imposing his jab cross and hook on me.

How do I out box this guy? What are my best options?

What combos do you recommend?

What punches should I use on the inside?

How do I get inside safely?
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Im an orthodox fighter btw
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Throw the right hand, son!

No, seriously. The right hand is such a great punch in this situation. If you drive with your straight punches, and step with your jab, you can quite literally come in punching.

When he comes in behind his jab, take your head off center and throw the right hand to the body. If he defends against it by backing away from it, congratulations; He's going to have trouble coming forward if you are sharp with that counter. Also try coming forward aggressively with a slip left and rip the left hook. These movements need to happen VERY close together.

The best way to deal with a faster fighter is to time his favorite punches, and the best way to handle a taller fighter is punishing body shot counters and punching over the top of his punches.

When you get inside, dig the double hooks, body and head. When he moves his body to defend his right side, the overhand right should open up. When you pin him on the ropes, move your head and aggressively move around him, working both sides of his ribs with both hands. If he starts to lower himself, find the right uppercut.

Facing a taller guy is daunting because the solution isn't easy, but if you box with your mind, slow the pace down a bit, and turn his advantages in on themselves, it can be VERY frustrating. The key is to take his favorite moves away from him!
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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Throw the right hand, son!

No, seriously. The right hand is such a great punch in this situation. If you drive with your straight punches, and step with your jab, you can quite literally come in punching.

When he comes in behind his jab, take your head off center and throw the right hand to the body. If he defends against it by backing away from it, congratulations; He's going to have trouble coming forward if you are sharp with that counter. Also try coming forward aggressively with a slip left and rip the left hook. These movements need to happen VERY close together.

The best way to deal with a faster fighter is to time his favorite punches, and the best way to handle a taller fighter is punishing body shot counters and punching over the top of his punches.

When you get inside, dig the double hooks, body and head. When he moves his body to defend his right side, the overhand right should open up. When you pin him on the ropes, move your head and aggressively move around him, working both sides of his ribs with both hands. If he starts to lower himself, find the right uppercut.

Facing a taller guy is daunting because the solution isn't easy, but if you box with your mind, slow the pace down a bit, and turn his advantages in on themselves, it can be VERY frustrating. The key is to take his favorite moves away from him!

Brilliant answer thanks mate!
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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Also...

Unless he's very mature and well schooled already, he's going to start loading up on the straight left when you take away his jab. If you find yourself seeing that shot coming, wait for him to load the shot, then duck and throw an overhand right.

It'll land, and it'll hurt, a lot. If you are countering his two best punches reliably, again, unless he's very mature and well schooled, he's going to start depleting mentally very, very rapidly.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #6
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Also...

Unless he's very mature and well schooled already, he's going to start loading up on the straight left when you take away his jab. If you find yourself seeing that shot coming, wait for him to load the shot, then duck and throw an overhand right.

It'll land, and it'll hurt, a lot. If you are countering his two best punches reliably, again, unless he's very mature and well schooled, he's going to start depleting mentally very, very rapidly.
Sweet I love the overhand right cant wait to use it on him! Thanks again mate! That is a seriously cool counter!
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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Sweet I love the overhand right cant wait to use it on him! Thanks again mate! That is a seriously cool counter!
Man, I love me some good counter punching.

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
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Man, I love me some good counter punching.

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I will thanks a million mate!
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: Im having trouble sparring a southpaw who has long reach

Magna has a pretty good response. Use head movement and rip his body up. Dont forget to work your jab. He has a longer reach so he can hit you before you get in range to hit him so head movement is key.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #10
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...You don't happen to be sparring in a gym in New York would you? Had the same problems. Got busted up real good.
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Yeah I agree, overhand right works out well for me, especially since i'm shorter 5'8 than many of my sparring partners. Had a lot of success using the overhand right against a 6 ft southpaw.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:08 PM   #12
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Man, I love me some good counter punching.

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I could listen to this all day.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #13
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Also...

Unless he's very mature and well schooled already, he's going to start loading up on the straight left when you take away his jab. If you find yourself seeing that shot coming, wait for him to load the shot, then duck and throw an overhand right.

It'll land, and it'll hurt, a lot. If you are countering his two best punches reliably, again, unless he's very mature and well schooled, he's going to start depleting mentally very, very rapidly.
Let him know about the Southpaw left uppercut too.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #14
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Default Re: Im having trouble sparring a southpaw who has long reach

Was watching Margaritos sparring session from youtube where Doug Fischer notes that Sergio Mora switching stances has no effect on Margarito cause of the amount of pressure he applies.

That prolly dont fall under the "outboxing category tho.
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