A really simple boxing tip here, one that I use regularly to help boxers think about how they move and punch to maximum effect. Apply this thinking and you will be able to be much more effective in building your boxing combinations and improving your boxing footwork.
I’ve included a link below that will take you to an article where you can get some more information on range in boxing.
Range #1 – Out of Range
As the name suggests this is about being well beyond the each of your opponent whilst likewise your opponent is beyond your range. When out of range you can take a rest, regroup and gear up for your next attack. It is important though to not switch off. A skilled fighter can close ground very, very quickly, so it is worth ‘staying frosty’.
Range #2 – Edge of Range
The edge of range in boxing is a massively important concept in boxing. As a fighter being able to perceive your distant to the opponent down to the inch will enable you to avoid their punches and land your own with a much greater success rate.
Range #3 – Long Range
This is the furthest point from you opponent at which you can land your shots. The shots we are talking about here are jabs, straight back hands, long range uppercuts and hooks. Boxers, certainly in the amateur code, spend the majority of their time at the edge of range and long range, switching between the two to deliver big hits to the opponent.
Range #4 – Mid Range
This is all about hooks and uppercuts, as you expect when you are ‘In the pocket’. I like to view mid range as being the distance of your extended upper arm out to long range. This means that you can extend mid range hooks and uppercuts to gradually evolve into long range punches. This is a vital concept in building your combinations.
Range #5 – Close Range/Short Range
Close range is anything from the tip of your nose out to the length of your extended upper arm. This is real ‘in the trenches’ fighting, with short and powerful shots being exchanged with one eye on defence. The shorter the shots the fewer openings you leave in your own protection. Again, short range punches may graduate into mid range punches.
A very simple 90 Second Boxing Tip that will help you think in a structured way about your position in relation to your opponent.
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