About the Long Range Left Uppercut
We have discussed in other articles that the ability to control an opponent at long range requires a number of skills. Effective footwork, sound body movement, convincing feints and strong hand defences (blocks and parries) are all key. To add the 'killer touch' to this battery of skills, it is important to use a variety of long range punches in order to penetrate the defences of the opponent. The long range left uppercut is a very effective shot to use, and, because using the left hand (lead arm) more often than not carries less risk than the backhand (right hand) it is also a conservative shot and as such can be used more often.
The long range left uppercut is often used in conjunction with the jab and is extremely useful against an advancing opponent. The shot plays a vital role in breaking down an opponent's defences and is often a pre-cursor to a subsequent fusillade of long range and mid range shots. Put simply, the most skilled boxers use this shot regularly at the highest level as it adds a further dimension to long range work and is very difficult to effectively defend against with blocks and parries. Watch the video, master this shot, and you are on your way to boxing success! Any views, share them by commenting!
The Mechanics of the Long Range Left Uppercut
The mechanics of the punch 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 in a clockwise direction so that the hips and shoulders align with the opponent.
- As the rotation of the body is taking place, the left hand accelerates toward the target with the palm facing upwards. The trajectory of the shot is in effect a gentle arc that ends at the target.
- As the fist approaches the target (having covered about 75% of the distance), there is an uplift in the path so that the fist rises, clenches and ’snaps’ on to the target.
- The fist returns to the ‘home’ position as per the boxing stance.
Common Faults with the Long Range Left Uppercut
The problems that may occur when throwing a long range left uppercut are:
- As with other long range left hand work, there is an urge to try and hit too hard. The desire to throw the punch hard often results in the boxer’s weight transferring to the front leg. This has the effect of impairing the balance and making the boxer very vulnerable to counter-attack.
- The punch is ‘telegraphed’, or tell-tale movement takes place before the punch begins it’s journey. These movements are often the elbow lifting to the side or the fist dropping slightly, both of which are dead giveaways.
- The boxer allows the punch to become an upper-body movement. Ensure that the rotation of the upper-body is generated by the push from the front leg.
The long range left uppercut is really effective 'on the backfoot' i.e. moving out. The shot is a great set up for the right cross as a result of the rotation of the body which takes place as the uppercut accelerates toward the target; it's a real shot for the connoisseur! Enjoy the video and feel free leave a comment!