Andrew Colquhoun Surveys the Damage!

Best Knockouts – Boy from the Hood!

by Fran on April 29, 2012

Best Knockouts Come Home

You may be aware that over the years I have created a series of articles looking at what I consider to be the best knockouts from the sport.  Within this series I’ve covered such boxing greats as Wilfred Benitez, Mike McCallum and Mike Tyson amongst others.  Well, now we can add a new name to that list of luminaries; Andrew Colquhoun.

Andrew first walked into our boxing club around about the age of 7.  Right from the outset I could see a very precocious youngster.  On many an end of season Presentation Night I have said of Andrew that he is one of those annoying people who is just good at everything he tries.  He is one of the smartest boxers I’ve ever worked with, and the best switch hitter that I’ve ever seen.  He truly switches from southpaw to orthodox without even realizing it at times.  True, raw talent.

Well, now Andrew has made the switch from amateur to professional, and he is coming along really well.  I’m sure that the professional sport suits his relaxed style much more than the more frenetic pace of the amateurs.  On Saturday night he had his 3rd paid outing, resulting in a tremendous 4th round KO.  This really is a beautiful left hook:

Now look, I think that Andrew’s maybe leaning in a little too much here, but that’s the only thing I’d pick up on (I was his coach for many years and old habits die hard).  His stance is a little squared as the shot lands but this is because of his ability to switch, and anyway as the shot lands his weight is in the right spot.  The benefits are far greater than the drawbacks.  Interestingly I understand that Andrew’s opponent had not long finished telling Andrew that he couldn’t punch and had no power.  Oh well, you live and learn I suppose.

On a final note, Andrew still regularly calls into the gym to spend time with the young up and coming boxers.  In fact he spent some time messing about with me on the medicine ball drill.  He is a wonderful young man and I look forward to seeing his career blossom and in fact to see a few more ‘best knockouts’ articles in his name.

Cheers

Fran

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Terry May 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hello Fran,Thanks for your interesting reply to my long note.As usual everything you say makes perfect sense.When searching for a link to Lionel Rose the other day I came across miles of boxing stuff on You Tube I had no idea how much stuff is on there but will probably need to be in retirement before I can spend the time needed to sort through it all. It is very interesting and did allow me to find something about Lionel to show you though.I also had another look at Hec Thompson in your story about Roberto Duran.Hec was a world class boxer and great body puncher and was a bit unfortunate that in his two world title attempts he came up against such great fighters.(Roberto Duran,Antonio Ceventes) I don’t think it helped him either that two of Hector’s opponents died from injuries suffered during their bouts.Hec boxed on long after his glory days and he started to lose more than he won (sometimes pulling off one against the odds) I think he needed to get a quid and he hung around a bit too long trying to get one.Last time I heard he was living up on the Far North Coast of NSW.He is very well liked and respected.
Well Fran,there is a little bit of Australian Boxing history for you.I hope you don’t mind me going off topic a bit,but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of commenting going on lately so I thought I should get myself a little more involved and at least add some thoughts here and there. Just one last bit on Aboriginal boxers while I think of it Fran,one of the very best was a middleweight named Dave Sands who was the no 1 contender for the world title when he was killed in a motor accident at aged 26.Even though he was always known as Sands he real family name was Dave Ritchie so you are probably not related mate.ha,ha.The Sands name is a famous one in Australian Boxing with I think all the five Sands bros winning Titles.
Righto Fran,I’ll get moving now (we go to the gym Sunday mornings) thanks again for providing such a great service to the game.I went to the You Tube thing and you wouldn’t want to know but they even have a clip with Dave Sands there so here is the link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL4Nri1L1Jw.Regards Terry

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Fran May 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Terry

thanks for that little bit of Aussie boxing history mate, enjoyed that. I found a bit of footage of Dave Sands in action against Bob Olsen. He was a very slick operator, very easy on the eye. As for Hector, you’re right in his misfortune of being around when those two were about. Nowadays he’d have been a world champ at 3 or 4 weights. Times have certainly changed.

Cheers for the names association there as well. If you don’t mind, I think I’ll claim a family resemblance to the Ritchie broth…. erm, I mean the Sands brothers ;o)

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday workout.

Thanks Terry

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Terry May 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thanks for the reply Ivan (and you of course Fran)I’m not all that great at putting my thoughts on paper accurately,and probably not too good at breaking down the way we do things but as I have a day off work I’ll have a go here. I completely understand the why the amatuer boys have to be so correct when landing punches etc,as I’ve had a couple of boys who were regularly in trouble with the way that they rolled under punches.One boy turned pro and in nine fights I don’t think was ever cautioned for that offence,but of course that is the difference between the two types of boxing.I’ll put a link here to a clip I went looking for featuring Lionel Rose the great Aussie Bantamweight Champion.Although it didn’t show out all that much in the small bit I watched Lionel had a terrific left hook which he sometimes doubled and tripled up on.Ironicallly he was warned I think threee or four times in this bout for not hitting with the knuckle part of the glove as he used to throw it “thumb up”.But that was probably the only time he was ever warned so you never know how people see things I suppose.On another note Johnny Famechon who I think most would class as a wonderful classical boxer threw his left jab almost always “thumb up”and I’ve never heard of that before (has anyone else?)That was the way Ambrose Palmer (his trainer)taught him and that was that.Anyway as for the video clip of the young fella throwing that great left hook after looking at it closely I think to my way of thinking it is very “correct”in it’s delivery.He takes his weight and his head across to his lead leg,and probably does lean forward a little bit (as Fran says) but his opponent is cramped up on the ropes and a little high so wasn’t going to do much from there.I think you can then track the tranfer of weight with his head movement (nice and low) and the punch following fractionally behind as it should I think.I noticed that after his weight goes onto his back leg he then starts shifting back across to his lead leg to set up again for the rip or hook(no need though)Anyway,I’ve rambled on quite enough and probably haven’t made a clear point anyway so will now finish this up by adding the link to Lionel Rose.Even is you don’t get to see much of his great left hook you will see that even at age 19 he was a very special boxer.(RIP Lionel) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaZGHzE68mQ Also Fran I will try to get down to Melbourne when Craig Callagnan boxes one night.It will probably be in the spring now as the colder weather is settling in and I won’t be heading too far down south for awhile.Regards Terry

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Fran May 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

Terry

Firstly I have never struggled to work my way through your comments, they are very well thought out and have a clear sequence of message. They are always a pleasure.

As for Lionel Rose, first t time I’ve watched any video of him so thanks for the link. He is a superbly economic boxer. Reminds me really strongly of a miniature Joe Louis. Compact, controlled and generating that wonderful whipping action that gives him massive power and the ability to as you say double and treble up. Great clip mate, really enjoyed it. The only other aboriginal boxer I can think of is featured on this site, Hector Thompson fought Roberto Duran and Duran clearly had much respect for Thompson. He was a BIG puncher.

On the thumbs thing, I as a coach simply need to make sure that if a referee warns my boxer for ‘slapping’ (i.e. thumbs up when the forearm is parallel), then the boxer knows why he or she is being warned and that they know how to remedy it. If the boxer throws this type of shot and gets away with it then fine. After all, it’s only a foul when the referee says it is. My concern is that it becomes endemic in the boxer’s style and they can’t take a cautious approach after a warning.

Great comment Terry, Thanks

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Terry May 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Just having a look at the site before work and noticed that I wasn’t signed in when I made my last comment (above) and it came up as “anonymous”,so I thought I’d better put my name to it Fran so you know who is writing what etc.Don’t want someone else blamed for my opinion.Regards Terry.

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Fran May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Aha! Felt like I knew the tone of the message Terry.

That was his 3rd fight Terry, he has his 4th in a couple of weeks. He was always a talented boxer, ABA semi-finalist. Lots of established international performers at his weight in the amateurs, so the Olympics wasn’t really on. That said mate, whenever he fought the top boys he was never found wanting. Funny thing is, he’s much more suited to the pro style. He’s able to set himself a little more, take a little time. He has a very fluid style so we’ve all got big hopes for him.

Thanks Terry, nice stuff about the left hook there and thanks for the enquiries.

Interestingly, I’ve got a lad out your neck of the woods, boxing out of Melbourne. Had his first pro fight last month. Little article here: Craig Callaghan – he’s worth keeping an eye out for too.

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Anonymous May 2, 2012 at 5:45 am

Great left hook there.I don’t know if the palm sideways (or thumb up) is a problem Ivan.I was taught to use a palm down position with a short or “inside” left hook and as it lengthened out to leave the thumb upright.My old coach had a great left hook and that is how I still teach it to anyone I’m working with.I could be wrong of course as my old coach was a pro and I know the amatuers can be very picky about how the punch lands etc.I also particuliary liked the way Andrew took his head across as he threw the punch.That is another thing we work on when learning the left hook.What level is he up to at the moment Fran?Six rounders?How good an amatuer was he?Would he have made the National Boxing team for the Olympics?I will keep my eye on him in the future.

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Ivan May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

In this instance palm position did not really matter because there was sufficient elbow angle when the shot landed (and a KO excuses anything). According to Fran’s videos, short range hooks and body hooks are performed with “thumbs up”, mid and long range to the head – with palm down, and I agree completely, I’ve been taught the same on the other side of the iron curtain when there was one.
Amateurs appear cautious in how they throw, but that’s not because the are purists or idealists, it’s because of the stringent referees. With most fights hanging in the balance, a warning is a huge problem. Hooking with thumbs up makes it tough to land with the knuckle area beyond mid-range and could be called as a fowl in an amateur contest, sometimes rightly so.
If you are used to palm facing inside, stick to it. Perhaps you have noticed that hitting long range with the thumb up requires moving the upper body aside from the axis so that the punch lands effectively with knuckles first. This lateral movement could have its defensive benefits, like it did with this young prospect.

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Fran May 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Ivan May 1, 2012 at 5:57 am

If it’s a one punch KO, then “everything’s good in the hood” even with the palm facing sideways. Leaning forward may be a breach of form, but on the flip side it extends range and adds weight to shots. With good reflexes, leaning back gets him out of harm’s way and puts him in proper stance to move and counter.

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Fran May 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

All good in the hood. As we both know Pros are more inclined to take more risks than the amateurs. The rewards are greater I suppose.

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Fran April 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Now you mention it Karl, it was very Frazier-like wasn’t it, good spot.

He’s a great lad, and in terms of his purse well he’s like the vast majority of other young pros, he has to sell plenty of tickets to make up his money. That’s why people need to understand why fighters learn to ‘sell’ their fights from early on, usually with the verbals to go with it. We shouldn’t criticize them for this, when they can get their purse with no strings attached then the fight game will have moved on a bit.

Thanks Karl

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