Double Right Cross Left Hook – Power All the Way!

by Fran on August 4, 2010

Crunching Power Pays Off!

Let’s not beat about the bush here, this combination is intended to deliver bombs onto the opponent.  The bringing of a left hook off not just one, but two right crosses is not a scoring combination, it’s about power, pure and simple!  But, as with all combinations there is more to consider than just the punches.  Within this combination, there is both a footwork element and a body movement element that both directly support the power punches.

Right, the combination:

  1. Right Cross
  2. Lay back
  3. Right Cross
  4. Mid-range left hook combined with a move forward.

The lay back at step 2 as well as a defense against incoming shots provides additional power for the second right cross.  The move forward is combined with the left hook to shift from long range to mid-range.  Be sure to maintain technical discipline, as when performing the left hook and move forward there will be an additional tendency to ‘lean’ forward with the shot (we know why this is a bad thing!)

Check out the article on boxing combinations to get more of an understanding of the technical theory behind building effective combinations.  In the meantime, leave a question or comment below.



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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Patryk September 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I’m completely new to boxing and not even in good shape although it was always enough in a city. So if my commends make no sense please give me your knowledge and explain why. I understand cross although to me it would be left cross because I’m more left handed than right handed. I understand lay back and coming back with another cross but to do a left mid range hook (right in my case)I must assume that you move first than do a hook not simultaneously otherwise I don’t understand how you can make it.


Fran May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Excellent news James, keep it up. Any help I can be just let me know.


James Carr May 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi Fran

Do you have a video showing movement combined with a left hook (also any video showing long range shots to mid-range would be good to view). I find sometimes my back foot is off the floor slightly when I go from long to mid, which obviously will reduce my power and balance. My confusion is if I punch whilst moving my feet leave the floor, but if I wait until they are planted I have taken too long between the punches. Any tips would be appreciated.
I have read your article on Tyson and going from jab to right hook which is very good. Maybe I should watch more of Iron Mike…….


stewart February 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

thanks Fran, makes sense. We all throw punches at times without feet planted and i do with my hook now and again which is fav punch but thought it was cos i had not worked into range properly but at times it does feel right and flows nicely, especially as i’m a left hander but box orthodox. thanks


Fran February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Not a problem Stewart, glad you’ve gained something from the site!


stewart February 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Hi there

On this combination, are you saying to move your feet into range as you are throwing the left hook or the right. Either way would this not drastically reduce your power. Thanks


Fran February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Hey Stewart

Thanks for the question. It’s quite awkward to move in as you throw a straight right (or left if you’re a southpaw), and you are right, you would lose power doing this. Moving in whilst throwing hooks is though is much more effective, particularly after a skill that has rotated the body e.g. right hand punches or the inside slip. The previous rotation provides more leverage for the hook. Check out this article on Don Curry’s left hook knockout against Milton McCrory and I think you’ll see what I mean.

Let me know if this helps, or if I can add anything else.


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