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
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.
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