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90 Second Boxing Tips – Peek-a-Boo

by Fran on December 15, 2016

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In this 90 second boxing tips video I am going to give a quick and simple view of the ‘peek-a-boo’ boxing style.

This style of boxing was made famous by Iron Mike Tyson, the principles embedded in Mike by the great trainer Cus D’Amato who also guided such boxing luminaries as Floyd Patterson and Emile Griffith.

D’Amato encouraged his fighters to use this ultimately defensive style, and whilst it was really about managing the risk of taking incoming shots it was also geared toward turning defense into attack.  It is about evasiveness and speed of assault.

The peek-a-boo style is especially effective for shorter fighters to use against taller guys, nullifying reach by using deft slips, ducks and rolls.

Here’s the video and then some a short summary follows.

The key tips to applying the peek a boo style:

Boxing Tips #1

Keep the hands high at all times, especially at long range.  It’s almost like the double arm block.  This was a non-negotiable for D’Amato – the hands remain in the guard position…always!

Boxing Tips #2

Use slips and ducks proactively to make you evasive.  Fire the jab off the slips to crack open the defense of the opponent and lay the ground for the follow up combination.

Tyson used to slip a lot from the waist with some drive from the legs.  I coach slips to be driven from the legs, I just feel that you get a more responsive outcome in terms of balance and punch effectiveness.

Boxing Tips #3

Be careful about going ‘square on’ at long range, if you take an incoming shot your balance can go.

Nice and simple, the peek a boo style.

Any comments or questions below please 🙂

Cheers

Fran

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Pug December 17, 2016 at 1:16 am

Love these 90 second videos Fran! Spartan! The way it would be demonstrated in the gym with coaching tips as flaws and mistakes became apparent. I’m from the same school Fran. That is, using the legs and flexing the knees. One old coach I knew used to say, “Use them Pins!” I used to marvel at the way Tyson did it from his waist like high speed pendulum and so explosively. But Tyson was so thick and compact he moved like a solid unit. His core and upper body strength built on tree trunks for legs that he could plant and throw from any angle like a gyroscope. I see some of that in Chris Eubank Jr. I predict he is going to give GGG or Canelo a fight that is going to produce fireworks! This guy is exciting as hell to watch in action. A real showman like his father and just as explosive!

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Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Thanks Pug – the 90 seconds format is really about how we coaches have to move around a gym and maybe take 60 to 90 seconds explaining key things to boxers, thought it might transfer well to online so thanks for the feedback. We’ll see with Eubank Jr, not really been tested (was fairly well schooled by Billy Joe Saunders) but as you say he whacks a bit. We’ll find out soon enough.

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Andrew December 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm

I use this style. As an older boxer I found in sparing sessions that peek-a-boo is perfect for me. I can take a lot of shots, on the gloves or the forearms, which I am not fast enough to duck or weave away from. It gives me confidence to get in close. As the shots come off the weave I can give in power what I lack in youthful speed.

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Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

One step ahead in the mind Andrew, this style allows some forgiveness on the reflex side of things.

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Gerry Matthews December 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

Another top video. Thanx Fran. P.S. I’d love to see a video on the double-end bag at some point.

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Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Cheers Gerry, will see what I can do.

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alexander December 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm

As Good As Always Fran, thanks, have a nice xmass and hogmany, boom, jab, jab nowotamean

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Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Haha. Merry Christmas to you too Alexander.

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Jonathan December 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Great intro. And as a shorter heavyweight who likes to use explosive movements, I’d love to see more on this style.

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Fran December 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

I’ve made a note, will see what I can do. Thanks Jonathan

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stan brett December 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Re: peekaboo tip,excellent presentation for a short guy like me,Thanks

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Fran December 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

You’re welcome, thanks Stan

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Frank Mitchell December 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Always nice to see your videos. I’m still impressed by your “Boxing Kata” idea. Seems to me it would work really well for Pad Drills, if you have two people and room for mobility. But with simpler movements it could be useful against the Heavy Bag too. So instead of “Kushanku” (named after an Old Master) you could have the “Mohammed Ali” Kata.

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Fran December 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Great advice. Let’s see what the new year brings Frank. Thanks pal.

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Rob December 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Hi Fran, interesting video, any chance you could do a couple of videos on the peek-a-boo style of boxing. Having watched Tyson in his prime, it would be interesting to see his style of boxing broke down and explained. I might even learn something that I can take and use it my MMA practice.

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Fran December 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Rob

Will see what I can do, I’ve added it to the list.

Cheers mate

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