The One-Two – 90 Second Boxing Tips

The One-Two – 90 Second Boxing Tips

by Fran on December 14, 2016


In this the latest in the series of 90 second boxing tips I want to cover the most technical simple and most often used boxing combination – the one-two.

This boxing combination is the very first one that I teach my boxers, and I teach the punches in the order that they are thrown – left jab then the straight back hand.

The 90 second boxing tips I am going to provide give you 3 ways of ensuring success when using the one two.

Here’s the video then below the key points are summarised.

Boxing Tips #1

This might seem obvious, but make each shot technically perfect.

If the jab is flawed then the opponent may ‘make’ it and put you to sleep you before you get the chance to get the right hand off.

If the back hand is sloppy then you may over balance and not only is the boxing combination at an end but you could end up in a real sticky situation.

Be sure to check out the common faults in left jab and the straight back hand and avoid doing them.

Boxing Tips #2

Rather than throwing the one-two from a static position, try splitting the combination.

For example, throw the left jab on the move forward and the straight backhand when your feet are static.

You can also throw the job on the push backwards and let go with the back hand at the end of the move.

This approach allows you to maintain the distance between you and the opponent, totally controlling events as they happen.

Boxing Tips #3

The final tip is to vary the angle and trajectory of the shots.

Whilst the straight one-two is a superb, defense splitting boxing combination, altering the trajectory of the punches can make it extremely difficult for the opponent to defend.

The following links will take you to the variations that you can use (I categorize these as long range hooks and uppercuts:

Mix things up and see how it goes 🙂

I hope that you have enjoyed these boxing tips.  Any observations, questions or comments then let me know below.



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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew December 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Such a crucial combo. Often when sparring even getting off a good one two can be a challenge for me. But when in trouble, being able to execute this shot cleanly and quickly is key to keeping you in the fight.

I always thought of the one two as a jab and a backhand. Your point at the end about using different shots in the one two was well made.


Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Cool, well done for taking key elements and looking to vary them for your own objectives.


Gordon. December 16, 2016 at 7:32 am

Fran, thanks for the great demo. I like your way of moving forward and backwards with the 1-2. I see alot of top amateurs and pros going forward with the 1-2 like this though. Firstly they move the back foot forwards narrowing the stance. Then they move the front foot forward and throw the jab at the same time. The feet are then static and the backhand is thrown. Any potential problems or even advantages with this approach Fran?


Fran December 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Hi Gordon. The stance narrowing would be my concern, it a shot is taken at the narrowest point then the balance is more likely to be affected.


Gordon. December 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Thanks Fran. Yes definitely agree with what you’re saying but on the upside I guess it’s quite a sneaky way of getting the 1-2 off and might catch your opponent unawares.


Peter Dawkins December 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Hi Fran

As pug said above. Its another excellent video and my only comments are:

1. Where have you been ?

2. We need to see many more of them

Thanks Mate

Happy Christmas



Fran December 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Haha. Thanks mate. Do lots of stuff behind the scenes trying to make the online stuff sustainable – be great if it would replace my day job, I’d aim for a couple of videos a week then!!! happy Christmas to you too lar (as they say in these parts).


The Bobster December 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

Another top article; I’ve learnt so much from watching all your videos Fran. And as such I’d really appreciate your professional opinion on a rather personal matter. If some dirtbird stole your girlfriend what would be your preferred method of teaching the low-life skank a lesson. So would you take the mother f***er (please excuse my French) out with a

(a) a big right-hander
(b) or a a Mick Tyson-style crunching left hook to the jaw
(c) or a sickening bodyshot
(d) or a baseball bat

Thanks Fran.


Fran December 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

ball tickles


pug December 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm

I was getting myboxingcoach deficient Fran! LOL! Glad to have you back mate. Excellent demo! The big take-away for me, that can never be over emphasized, is proper execution, moving in with the jab and being planted when you throw your power punch/hand. Icing on the cake with punch variations.


Fran December 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Cheers pug 🙂 Always nice to have these little refreshers. As I am sure you will agree coaching is all about these little interventions reinforcing and refreshing the knowledge of the boxers – bad habits can always creep in!!!


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