Yesterday I talked about keeping your hands up while boxing..

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  1. Yoseph

    Yoseph New Member Full Member

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    So yesterday I talked about how to always keep your hands up by slightly leaning forward. In this post I'm going to give you 3 reasons why you should NEVER lean back.

    And this is coming from someone who likes to counterpunch and fight a defensive type of style.

    1. Your chin is up in air. - I can't tell you the amount of times I've seen fighters knocked out by just leaning back and getting caught. This is the most obvious reason.
    2. Your forward or front arm can't throw power punches. You also can't attack the body with any real power punches (Hooks, Uppercuts, etc)
    3. Your back arm is slow to attack and counterpunch and also requires a weight change

    Just a few quick reasons on why you should never lean back while fighting or boxing.
     
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  2. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Any time you throw a punch with your back arm it requires a weight shift.
     
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  3. Yoseph

    Yoseph New Member Full Member

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    Yeah I know. That's why I mentioned it. You're not going to be able to do that if you're leaning back.
     
  4. captain hook

    captain hook Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I don't know what you mean leaning back, but I like to use it for pull counters to set up a right hand or a jab.

    F.e. Mayweather -


    I do it a little better, of course..
     
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  5. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Rangers FC booted Full Member

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    Yeah I agree generally. Lateral movements are far more effective for counterpunching. You can add point 4 which is that it's very hard to defend your body when you lean back.

    I'm 5'10" but weigh 86kg so tend to spar against taller people and if I lean back I'll just get tagged. Slipping and rolling laterally is the only way I can stay in range to counter punch.
     
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    Yoseph New Member Full Member

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    Yeah if that's what you're using it for then it can work. Floyd does pull counters by leaning forward pulling the fighter in and then leaning back and countering.
     
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    captain hook Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Yeah, he baits them with leaning forward. Bait can also be a simple jab, slip, crouch, whatever just to make the opponent react and then boom pull-counter.
     
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