About the Lay Back
I’ve been waiting a long time to post this article, as the lay back opens a whole world of opportunity for the boxer. It’s a brilliant skill that acts as a conjunction to string together complex combinations of punches. It is a skill that was used extensively by Muhammad Ali, particularly following his 3 year absence when he was less mobile on his feet.
The lay back takes the upper body from long range to the edge of range, allowing the boxer to deliver a consistent shellacking of an opponent whilst ensuring that any counters fall just short. Whilst this is a simple skill to explain, ensure that you study the mechanics and video and in particular be aware of the 2 common faults. Enjoy the video!
Mechanics of the Lay Back
The mechanics are very simple:
- From the boxing stance, simply bend the back leg. This bend of the leg has the effect of ‘dropping’ the upper body out of range.
- The bend in the leg reduces, returning the body shape to the original stance and on-guard.
Common Faults with the Lay Back
There are 2 common faults as follows:
- Rather than the back leg bending, the boxer ‘leans back’ at the waist. Not only is this method bad for your back, but more dangerously if your opponent presses the attack then you literally have nowhere to go!
- As the back leg bends, the left hand drops leaving a massive opening for incoming head shots. It feels ‘comfortable’ to drop the hand…but don’t as it’s very, very dangerous (especially if you are backed to the ropes!)