About Slipping Punches
Slipping punches offers a world of opportunity in terms of capitalising on the openings created. In this video article I will outline some of the incredible benefits that you will reap from slipping punches. You can save your good looks as well as make life pretty miserable for your opponent
When you as a boxer successfully slip a shot, you are within range to land any of a battery of your own shots. By continually slipping punches, ducking punches and rolling (or the bob and weave) during a boxing match, it has the effect of making it very difficult for an opponent to target your head and also acts as a feint or diversion, which applies a constant level of pressure to the opponent during the contest.
It would be easy to consider slipping punches to be a reaction to a shot, as opposed to a proactive measure to control an opponent. It’s very unwise to wait for a shot to come in order to effectively slip it. Unless your opponent has ludicrously slow hand speed, then the laws of physics are very much against you! Slipping punches should be used in conjunction with other skill elements, this approach will maximise the successes generated.
When referring to slipping punches, I talk about slipping ‘inside’ and slipping ‘outside’. Slipping inside means that the body is shifted to the left of an oncoming straight shot (slips are a most effective defense against straight punches and uppercuts, although because of the slight drop in head height slips also offer some protection against hooks). Conversely, we consider slipping ‘outside’ to be shifting the body to the right of an oncoming jab. Check out the video, read the mechanics about slipping punches (inside and outside) and leave your comments below.
The Mechanics of the Slipping Punches
Slipping Punches (Inside)
The mechanics of slipping punches (inside) can be explained as follows:
- From the boxing stance, the first action is a push from the back foot which drives the rotation of the hips. If you think of the stance being held on the face of a clock on the floor, the left hip would be in the starting position at 11 o’clock, whilst the right hip would be in the starting position at 5 o’clock. Following rotation, the right hip will arrive at 2 o’clock and the left hip would arrive at 8 o’clock.
- As the rotation is taking place, the lead leg (left) is bent slightly at the knee. This bending of the knee enables the hips to rotate as required. The rotation takes place around the central axis as described in the video presentation covering the right cross.
- When the rotation is complete, the body returns to the starting ‘home’ position as per the boxing stance.
The mechanics of slipping punches (outside) can be explained as follows:
- From the boxing stance, the first action is a push from the front foot which in turn rotates the upper-body slightly in a clockwise direction.
- The rotation of the body takes the head to the right, out of the line of any oncoming punch.
- The body ‘snaps’ back into the starting position as per the boxing stance.
Common Faults When Slipping Punches
There are a number of common problems that can occur when slipping punches:
- The boxer falls into the trap of waiting for a punch to be thrown before slipping. The chances of avoiding shots are greater if slips are used as part of a passage of skills e.g. throw a jab, slip inside and throw a mid-range left hook. There is a discussion around this in the boxing combination range of articles.
- The boxer bends at the waist rather than using the legs to make the upper body move. This very much reduces the boxer’s ability to be effective in counterpunching.
- The boxer moves too much to the left or right. This has the effect of a) using more energy than is necessary and b) reducing the chances of taking advantage of your opponent missing with a shot. If you make this miss, make them pay!
Slipping allows considerable leverage for counterpunching. When you slip inside, think about the punching opportunities that are offered e.g. the mid-range left hook . When you slip outside, look at the option of the right cross or the right hook at long range. At it’s most basic, slipping punches is a simple mechanism for avoiding punishment. When used as part of a passage of skills, slipping your opponent’s punches is a supremely effective option for landing your own shots, the fundamental requirement of winning a boxing match.