Re: Favorite Boxing Combinations?
I don't live by a combination list, it just doesn't seem practical to me. Although as for a counter that can lead to a combination, I LOVE the straight right to the body after slipping inside of a jab. It's all in one movement. I know that it's a good one when I hear a nice "Ooph", and then I can follow up with a left hook to the body/head.
Working up and down (and vice-versa) is good for creating an opening. A lot depends on how my opponent is reacting. I think that the fundamental jab, straight right, left hook can be effective at times, especially if my opponent just blocks it with their gloves on their head. This can at times make them narrow their guard, and then I can step around and get in a left hook. Sometimes I notice that if my opponent is concentrate on catching my jab, I can step around and get in a left hook behind their catcher's mitt. Lyle brought up before about throwing the uppercut after the hook, that is if they duck the hook, there's the uppercut that's on it's way. A lot just depends on who you're up against, and what works for each individual opponent.
Anyways, I don't believe in practicing combinations for combinations sake. Look, a decent boxer is going to be constantly adapting, and trying to hit you while trying to avoid getting hit. Preplanned moves can become liability in the ring when your opponent notices what you're doing. Now I'm not dismissing the practice of combination punching per se. Just remember that you're going to have to do it under pressure against a thinking and adapting opponent.
I think a good mentality that lends itself well to natural combination punching is as follows: Punch quick and accurately, let your punches settle in (punch through your opponent), and don't pull back too soon.
It's also a good idea to finish your combination with your lead hand. For one, you're a square target when throwing combinations, so finishing it with your lead hand gets you back into a fighting stance which enables you to avoid or defend against your opponents punches easier. Secondly, the jab is a good way to put some distance between you and your opponent. A lot of guys just want to keep punching, and the jab is a good punctuation mark to end an exchange.
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