The Uppercut And Hook – Bust ‘Em Up!

by Fran on December 14, 2010

The Uppercut And Hook – In Behind The Jab

This is the first of a series of articles in which we will examine boxing combinations delivered at mid range.  These articles may have referenced within them some long range punches, but the main portion of the combination is delivered at mid range.  This combination in particular is built from a basic set of 4 skills, although the complexity of this combination can be increased.  The spine of the combination is the uppercut and hook.

Right, here’s the combination:

  1. Jab
  2. Move In
  3. Right Uppercut at mid-range
  4. Left Hook at mid-range.

Steps 1 and 2 may be combined or alternatively steps 2 and 3 may be combined.  We should remember that the distance between long range and mid-range may be quite short; we are not dealing with fixed and absolute measurements therefore we have some flexibility in terms of building the combination.  There is a definite flow to the combination and in many ways this is the essence of why a boxer combines shots.  Each shot is used to exploit the successes gained by the previous shot landing:

  1. The jab breaks open the opponent’s defence.
  2. The uppercut drives up through the open defence and lifts the head.
  3. The left hook is landed on the exposed head.

One of the more simple and effective boxing combinations out there.  We can increase the complexity of the combination, maybe to reduce the risks to which we are exposed as we attack, or alternatively to follow this combination up instantly as a ‘phased attack.’  This is all stuff that we can get into as we develop our boxing combinations.  Don’t forget, leave any questions or comments below!



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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Simon Piccirillo January 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

Haha! Cheers General, the mind is strong , now just have to try and make the body follow!


Simon Piccirillo January 5, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hello Fran, I’m new to this website and really love it, its packed full of great knowledge and alot of it like the above explained simply and precise. Right now recovering from surgery after a long time away from boxing and hoping to use this site to inspire and get myself back training. Keep the excellent work!


Fran January 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hey Simon

I’m glad you like the site and thank you for your compliment! If the site does help you ‘back into the saddle’ then I’ll consider that a major victory for both of us! Any help I can be on your journey, be sure to let me know. Stand firm soldier!


Nab December 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Ooo now that would be exciting. Actually I have been reading the articles on your websites for past few months but somehow never left a comment. I came here today thinking there would be definitely a post match analysis by Fran , it wasnt there, so just thought to leave a request for it! Thanks a lot and I am anxiously waiting!


Nab December 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

Hey Fran, waiting for your article on classic Khan vs Maidana fight last week. Hats off to Khan but one thing that amazes is the resilience of Maidana though Khan also showed lot of it in 10th round. Please also explain a bit abt the tactics Maidana was trying to use to overcome the height difference against Khan.


Fran December 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Nab. You’re certainly a tough taskmaster! Great fight, the analysis is in the pipeline for the next few days. Thanks mate and I look forward to your critique of the analysis!!!


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