The Jab & Left Hook – Simplicity Wins!

by Fran on June 25, 2010

The Jab & Left Hook

A simple combination here.  You may recognise the format if you spent any time watching an attacking Mike Tyson in his prime, although the combination is just as useful and provides just as much success when thrown from a static position (sometimes referred to as ‘passive’.)  Obviously, the jab is a starter for many popular boxing combinations, but with this combination the jab sets up the left hook beautifully.

The Boxing Combination

We will combine 4 skill elements in this combination; 2 shots, one body movement and optionally one element of footwork:

  1. Jab
  2. Slip Inside
  3. Mid Range Left Hook

This option assumes that the opponent attacks instantly after your jab lands thereby taking the exchange from long range to mid range.  The inside slip has 2 purposes i) avoidance of any counter punch from the opponent, most likely a jab and ii) provides extra leverage for the mid range left hook.  If the opponent is stunned by the jab and remains still, then combine a move forward with the slip inside, taking you from long range to mid range and allowing the full power of the left hook to be delivered; this is the Mike Tyson model!

Check out the article on boxing combinations to get more of an understanding of the technical theory behind building effective combinations.  In the meantime, leave a question or comment below.



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Robert dela Cruz October 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

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Benha July 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

Dear Fran,

Thanks for all the good matters, I am learning a lot with your videos… the hard way, with more experienced boxers at the gym.
I understand the body mechanics of the shot but when on the ring, the hardest part remains how to link every shot. I clearly lack footwork and I never know when to launch the combination. As I finally come up with my combination, it looks very clumsy and not smooth at all… horribl to look at and even more to execute!
Just I proposition to get rid of what many beginers might go through while practicing your posts, I think it would be great to have your thoughts on the propr “transition footwork” between the punches.
(I loved the smooth jumps you showed for the feinting video when you feint a left straight to the body to end up on the head for example… It is nothing but brings a beautiful continuity to the movement)

Impaciently yours,



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