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Old 11-06-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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What's the difference between a right cross and a straight right?
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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"Right cross" originated from "right hand cross-counter". Simply it's a counter that crosses over your opponent's left hand lead. Recently some people have made the generalization that a right cross is the same as a right hook, that is not so. Say for instance, I slip inside of your jab and throw a right hook or a straight right to your body, in no shape or form can that be called a right cross, this is because my right hand is not crossing over your left arm. Knowing this both a straight right and right hook can be a right cross if it crosses over your opponent's left arm. The term is a little confusing because it used to refer to a counter to your opponent's jab/straight-left, nowadays it can be any right hand that crosses your opponent's left shoulder.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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A 'cross', is thrown with the dominant hand.

Usually when you are in the 'guard position', the punch is thrown
from you chin, across your body in a straight-line to the opponents
head.

A good punch to throw, if you can slip your opponents jab, and then
quickly fire back.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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Andy has it exactly right. The cross is the simplest/introductory technique to the family of cross-counters. There's more than a few. They all have that same nature to them, they cross over/under an opponents strike as a counter punch.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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"Right cross" originated from "right hand cross-counter". Simply it's a counter that crosses over your opponent's left hand lead. Recently some people have made the generalization that a right cross is the same as a right hook, that is not so. Say for instance, I slip inside of your jab and throw a right hook or a straight right to your body, in no shape or form can that be called a right cross, this is because my right hand is not crossing over your left arm. Knowing this both a straight right and right hook can be a right cross if it crosses over your opponent's left arm. The term is a little confusing because it used to refer to a counter to your opponent's jab/straight-left, nowadays it can be any right hand that crosses your opponent's left shoulder.

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A 'cross', is thrown with the dominant hand.

Usually when you are in the 'guard position', the punch is thrown
from you chin, across your body in a straight-line to the opponents
head.

A good punch to throw, if you can slip your opponents jab, and then
quickly fire back.

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Incorrect.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #6
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A cross can be a lead punch also.

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A cross does 'not' have to go over an opponents arm.

A counter-cross punch 'does' go over the opponents arm.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:05 PM   #7
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A cross can be a lead punch also.

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SBleeder,

A cross does 'not' have to go over an opponents arm.

A counter-cross punch 'does' go over the opponents arm.
The "cross" crosses the opponent's arms. That is how it got it's name. It's too bad that almost everyone uses the term right cross for ANYTIME a boxer throws a straight right punch. But, if it's just a straight right punch and is not countering or going over their arm, it is just a straight right. Pretty simple, huh?
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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Well it is now obvious who has and who has not actually boxed :(
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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For me a cross was called a cross because it came across rather than straight, but didn't loop like a hook. like a straight would be straight (obviously) a cross would be a diagonal straight across the chin, and a hook would be a hook (obviously)

I didn't know it came from the term to cross over your opponents hand as a counter, however it would be the same punch I always thought it was because it's easier to land a counter across rather than straight over the top.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #10
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Well it is now obvious who has and who has not actually boxed :(
I did box....

A cross punch 'does' not mean it has to cross over something in boxing terms.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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A cross has a little loop to it and more downward momentum at the point of impact. Yes, it can cross over the opponent's guard, and that's probably where it got its name. It does not have be a counter however. It's a very good punch to throw when an opponent protects the front of his face very good with his hand. A straight is more linear and reaches the point of impact quicker.
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A cross has a little loop to it and more downward momentum at the point of impact. Yes, it can cross over the opponent's guard, and that's probably where it got its name. It does not have be a counter however. It's a very good punch to throw when an opponent protects the front of his face very good with his hand. A straight is more linear and reaches the point of impact quicker.
Correct Sir,

The cross can go over an opponents lead or not. The cross is usually
thrown from the chin, and when you let it go, you rotate your hips and
torso to the left (if you have an orthodox stance).

If you box from an orthodox stance, and your opponent moves to his right
(which would be your left), you rotate your hips and torso and fire the
punch.

It can go over your opponents lead, but if it doesn't, it is still called a
'cross punch'.

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