Boxing Punch Pads With Ash!

by Fran on July 23, 2010

Boxing Punch Pads with the Smiling Assassin!

I was very fortunate to be able to work a round of boxing punch pads with the very composed and technically proficient Ashleigh.  I managed to convince Ash to come out of retirement for one night only, as she’s actually moved into a coaching role and is really shining as she gains experience.  Given Ash’s boxing style, it reminds me of the old adage used by the great boxing commentator Reg Gutteridge; she “walks softly but carries a big stick!”

Some things to notice about Ash’s boxing style:

  • She uses the lay back to great effect, allowing here upper body to drift out of range only to fire back a rapid response.
  • Almost on autopilot, she uses the roll as a defense after the majority of her attacks, this makes her very difficult to hit.
  • Her footwork is is controlled and precise, allowing her shots to flow in slick combinations.

Enjoy the video and leave a comment. Also, click on the link if you want to know more about boxing punch pads and their benefit on boxing skills and boxing fitness.



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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

ronnie miller January 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Found some of your lessons by googling. I like your specifics. I’m 66 yrs. old and a former champion amateur boxer in Tennessee and Mississippi. I’ve started training boxers again after several years of being away from it. In looking at several other videos on using punch pads- such as Freddie Roach working with Paquaio- I notice a lot of slapping the gloves of the fighter. Is this to give him a sense of being countered or just to make noise? Also, do you wear a body guard when training with the pads so the boxer can actually hit the body? I would like to see you do a lesson or two on best practices with using the punch pads. By the way, being a Southerner in the USA, I really like your British dialect. Where’s your home. I’ve been in England many times and particularly love the NE coast, especially the Scarbrough area. Hope to hear from you soon. Keep on puching!


Fran January 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Hey Ronnie, really good to get a comment from ‘across the pond’ and from a fellow coach. It’s great that someone of you experience is getting back involved in the sport, I’m sure that the youngsters attending the gym will benefit greatly from your guidance and help.

You know what, I really struggle with that issue of a coach ‘slapping’ the pads onto the incoming shots. I can’t really see any technical reason for it, because I don’t recall ever seeing a boxer purposely slam his/her head repeatedly into the incoming punches of the opponent! Maybe it’s a noise thing as you say, but’s it’s just not something that I’d do. In terms of the body guard, we do have one in the gym but neither I nor any of the other coaches use it. It’s a bit too much hassle putting it on, it’s bulky and the straps can become quite irritating. The principle of it as a piece of equipment is sound, but I’ve always found the practicalities of using it less so. In the meantime, I’ll certainly put some thought into the pads articles.

Glad you like the accent, I’m actually from Liverpool (the opposite coast to Scarborough, so North-West England.) You’re right though, North-East England has some lovely areas, particularly along the coast…fantastic. Talking about accents though, I’ll wager that you have at least as distinctive an accent, and maybe even more so!

Y’all come back now, ya hear! 😉

Thanks Ronnie, and I hope that the site continues to be of interest.


Karl July 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Yeah, her footwork is pretty slick. I like the smooth 1″ adjustments she makes when she’s coming forward and hitting.

Some people (me!) have a tendency to root themselves down and punch. Result? The target drifts away and they start leaning forward to compensate. This is bad because it takes energy out of your punch and more importantly, it stretches out your defense and creates openings for your opponent to exploit. Really dangerous!

When I watch footwork, I notice that the proficient boxer is continually making micro-adjustments to their range. Ashleigh The Smiling Assassin is showing us some great example of how to do that. (0:46, 0:54 and 2:35, etc)

Really nice work Ashleigh! Yet another person to learn from.


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