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The Beginner's Guide to Boxing As A Southpaw

Jan 2


There are two types of boxers: traditional boxers and southpaws. Due to a variety of reasons, the boxer may choose to be a southpaw. The most obvious reason is that they're naturally left-handed. This would place their dominant hand on their rear, loading it up for even more force.


Another reason that many boxers choose a southpaw posture is the comfort. For most, footwork is simpler with the dominant foot forward which usually corresponds to the dominant hand.


Boxing with a southpaw could be challenging at first with several kickboxing gyms only teaching southpaws how to mimic the tactics of orthodox boxers. While many methods can be used, however, there are some specific techniques, angles, and strategies that are just for southpaws in the face of conventional boxers.




Let's start with the word "stance. The way you stand is what a stance is. Different sports have different positions. Southpaws prefer an open stance against an orthodox boxer. Two boxers who are orthodox usually take a closed stance when they square off.


Open stance fights are much less common than those in closed stance. In the same way, traditional boxers do not train enough to master it. Southpaws however prefer the open stance since they are able to fight orthodox boxers. This is a major factor in the so-called southpaw advantage.


Open stances require different techniques and angles. Boxers have to take peak kickboxing classes to learn techniques at a maximum, adapt to both styles to gain mastery in the arena.


Certain boxers have one foot on the ground while some prefer another. Both are fine, as it is possible to keep your weight in balance fifty-fifty between your feet.




After you've mastered how to get into the southpaw position, you can choose the type of guard you like. Always start with the basic high guard, however you can try different guards, such as the extended guard or cross-arm.


The long guard will keep your opponent in line as you load your rear hand. But the cross-arm guard can close the distance and safely load your leading hand.




Southpaws must take the outside view by placing your lead foot on the right side of the opponent's. Your left hand must be placed so that the guard of your opponent is split. You will line up with the opponent's chin. Manny Pacquiao often used this angle to thwart the punch of his opponent by making a quick left turn.


The majority of boxers who are orthodox will be vying to get the angle that is outside, which makes the lead foot a crucial component for open stance fights. Although the angle on the outside is predominant it is the inside angle that provides punching opportunities for your lead hook and jab.




The primary punches used by southpaws are: the jab, cross, and lead hook. In this video, Tony Jeffries, an Olympic medalist, shows how to perform it. As a southpaw , throw your lead hook and jab with your right hand. Then follow it with your cross using your left.


Keep in mind that as you throw hooks, jabs or leads make sure you step on your right foot and then rotate your hips counterclockwise when throwing punches. To cross, take half a step with your left foot while rotating your hips clockwise.

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