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The Beginner's guide to Boxing as an Southpaw

Jan 2

 

There are two kinds of boxers: traditional boxers and southpaws. There are many reasons why the boxer may choose to be a southpaw. One reason could be their natural left-handedness. This puts their dominant hand in the rear which allows them to gain greater strength.

 

Another reason why many boxers favor a southpaw posture is the comfort. The dominant foot of yours is typically directly in front of your dominant hand, which makes the footwork much easier.

 

Boxing as a Southpaw may be challenging at first with many kickboxing in aurora co gyms only teaching southpaws how to replicate the strategies of orthodox boxers. Although some of the methods are the same, several methods, angles, and strategies are specific to southpaws in the face of orthodox boxers.

 

Stance

 

Let's start with the stance. How you stand determines the definition of a stance. Different sports have different postures. Southpaws prefer an open stance when competing against the traditional boxer. Two boxers who are orthodox usually take an open stance when they fight.

 

Situations in open stance are more frequent than those that are in closed stance. This is why orthodox boxers are not trained to master the technique. Southpaws however have a better chance of winning the open stance since they are able to fight orthodox boxers. This is known as the advantage of the southpaw.

 

Wide stances require different feet and angles. Boxing requires you to learn or at the very least, adapt to the footwork and angles to be able to master the boxing ring.

 

Certain boxers have one foot on the ground , while some prefer another. Both are possible as long as you keep your weight evenly spread across your feet.

 

Guard

 

After you've mastered how to move into the southpaw position, you can choose the guard type you like. It is best to start with the standard high guard, however you are able to experiment with different guards, such as the cross-arm or extended guard.

 

The long guard keeps your opponent in line as you load your hand in the rear. But the cross-arm protector will reduce the distance, and also safely load your leading hand.

 

Angle

 

Southpaws must take the outside view by placing their lead foot to the left of the opponent's. Your left hand must be placed in a way that the guard of your opponent is divided. Your left hand should be aligned with the opponent's chin. Manny Pacquiao used this angle frequently to block an opponent's punch with a swift left straight.

 

Most orthodox boxers will be fighting for the angle that is outside. This is why the lead foot is crucial in open stance fights. The outside angle that is dominant is the most dominant however the inside angle can provide the possibility of punching with your lead hook or jab.

 

Punches

 

The most common punches for a southpaw are the jab, cross and lead hook. In this video below, Tony Jeffries, an Olympic medalist, shows how to perform it. As a southpaw, you'll throw your lead hook and then jab with your right hand, followed by the cross you make with your left.

 

Remember that you must always use your left foot when you throw punches or lead hooks. You can also turn your hips counterclockwise in order to throw punches by turning your hips. To cross, you'll have to walk half-step on your left foot, and then rotate your hips clockwise.

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